Charming the Gods

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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Charming the Gods, the debut album from Santa Monica-based Brian Kelley, combines earnest strumming with equally earnest lyrics for a result that is sometimes touching and emotive, and other times syrupy and derivative. The bluesy "Angels" sounds like a shrine built to Eric Clapton, while the next track, "She Crawls" adds a metal edge to Kelley's folky wail -- the song is one of the most heavily produced on the album and is the furthest from his usual acoustic style, but it is smoothly executed and actually works well. The album was almost entirely recorded outside of the studio -- mostly in Kelley's apartment and the background noise baseball games on the radio, ...
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All Music Guide - Stacia Proefrock
Charming the Gods, the debut album from Santa Monica-based Brian Kelley, combines earnest strumming with equally earnest lyrics for a result that is sometimes touching and emotive, and other times syrupy and derivative. The bluesy "Angels" sounds like a shrine built to Eric Clapton, while the next track, "She Crawls" adds a metal edge to Kelley's folky wail -- the song is one of the most heavily produced on the album and is the furthest from his usual acoustic style, but it is smoothly executed and actually works well. The album was almost entirely recorded outside of the studio -- mostly in Kelley's apartment and the background noise baseball games on the radio, children playing on the street is charming at first but intrusive by the end, especially on the quieter songs. There is a thread of spirituality that runs throughout which helps ground the world-weary sensitivity --a quality that sometimes sounds a little precious coming from someone so young the jacket art makes Kelley look not a day over 30. Overall, this seems to be a deeply personal record that employs some interesting musical textures to support occasionally brilliant songwriting.
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  • Release Date: 3/10/1998
  • Label: Groove House Records
  • UPC: 641444619627
  • Catalog Number: 46196

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Fear (2:22)
  2. 2 Angels (3:34)
  3. 3 She Crawls (3:37)
  4. 4 Gentle Piece of Mind (3:54)
  5. 5 Postcards from Yesterday (3:24)
  6. 6 Lie in the Water (4:52)
  7. 7 Where Are They Now? (3:43)
  8. 8 Charming the Gods (4:03)
  9. 9 Garden (3:22)
  10. 10 Walk Away (5:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bryan Kelley Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Bob Applebaum Mandolin
Chris Fuhrman Organ
Tom Sauber Fiddle
Alan Schwartz Bass
Michael Vasquez Bongos, Conga, Shaker
Janet Robin Background Vocals
Emanuel Baker Percussion, Cymbals, Drums, Stick
Nick Rapattoni Organ, fender rhodes
Technical Credits
Chris Fuhrman Producer, Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
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