Brand New Man

Brand New Man

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by Brooks & Dunn
     
 

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Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn tapped into a lucrative country-rock vein on their debut and mined it for all it was worth. Both have been consistently memorable songwriters, and Dunn's distinctive rebel yell (best heard on "Brand New Man") can make you think General Lee is coming to town. Out of 19 tracks here, there's not a loser to be found -- a remarkable feat…  See more details below

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Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn tapped into a lucrative country-rock vein on their debut and mined it for all it was worth. Both have been consistently memorable songwriters, and Dunn's distinctive rebel yell (best heard on "Brand New Man") can make you think General Lee is coming to town. Out of 19 tracks here, there's not a loser to be found -- a remarkable feat considering they were all issued within a seven-year span. What makes this collection so pleasing is its variety; barn burners like "Honky Tonk Truth," "Hard Workin' Man," and "Rock My World (Little Country Girl)" are some of the most kinetic singles to come out of '90s Nashville. Two-steppers will be shuffling to "Boot Scootin' Boogie" and "Whiskey Under the Bridge" in dance halls 30 years from now. In an age of soundalike hat acts, B&D can veer from foot-stompers to ballads like "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone" to pop remakes like "My Maria" with uncanny ease. In their hands, versatility is a beautiful thing.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Daniel Gioffre
An impressive debut that proudly proclaims its country roots without being afraid to dip its toes into pop and rock, Brand New Man is an entertaining listen. Like most Nashville records from the early '90s, Brand New Man is short, barely clocking in over 30 minutes, but Brooks & Dunn have clearly brought their A material to the table. The voices of the leaders blend well, and they are backed by a crack Nashville band that handles the all-original material with ease. Highlights include the insanely catchy title track and the almost Springsteen-esque "Lost and Found." Fairly traditional country songs such as "Cheating on the Blues" cohabitate peacefully with more pop-oriented fare like "Neon Moon" and "Still in Love With You." Thankfully, these latter tracks do not follow in the all-too-common mold of over-production that would bury the charms of these songs beneath string orchestras, rock guitars, and huge drums. As individual vocalists, both Brooks and Dunn are competent and expressive, although they do lack something in originality and distinctiveness. Although it's probably too much to ask from this kind of record, it would still be great to hear this great band really letting loose in extended fashion; such small tastes as at the end of "Cool Drink of Water" make the listener thirsty for more. Occupying the middle ground between Johnny Cash and the Eagles, Brooks & Dunn have put together a terrific group of songs that are memorable, hummable, and, most importantly, fun. Despite the diversity in the material, the album works well as a coherent whole. All in all, Brand New Man is a fine, fine collection of pop-country songs, masterfully played.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Bmg Special Product
UPC:
0755174892622
catalogNumber:
148926
Rank:
3415

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brooks & Dunn   Primary Artist
Kix Brooks   Background Vocals
John Wesley Ryles   Background Vocals
Bruce Bouton   Steel Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Mark Casstevens   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Ronnie Dunn   Background Vocals
Rob Hajacos   Fiddle
John Jarvis   Piano,Keyboards
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Glenn Worf   Bass
John Barlow Jarvis   Piano,Keyboards
Dennis Wilson   Background Vocals
Mike Chapman   Bass

Technical Credits

Kix Brooks   Composer
Mike Bradley   Engineer
Don Cook   Composer,Producer
Ronnie Dunn   Composer
Scott Hendricks   Producer,Engineer
Rocky Schnaars   Engineer
Susan Mendola   Art Direction
Mary Beth Felts   grooming
Hank Williams   Mastering

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