Loverboy

Loverboy

by Brett Dennen
     
 

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Brett Dennen is an intriguing artist. His songs feature long-lined melodies that unfold in a Bob Dylan-like rush of words and clever rhymes, often laid over subtle African pop rhythms that make him sound a bit like an even more mellowed-out Dave Matthews. He tackles big subjects like love and death and pain,See more details below

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Brett Dennen is an intriguing artist. His songs feature long-lined melodies that unfold in a Bob Dylan-like rush of words and clever rhymes, often laid over subtle African pop rhythms that make him sound a bit like an even more mellowed-out Dave Matthews. He tackles big subjects like love and death and pain, but somehow manages to sound sunny and hopeful the whole way through. And then there's his voice, which is high-pitched and softly frail, making him sound like a cross between Neil Young and Tracy Chapman; its fragility also suggests a slightly less melancholy Nick Drake. Loverboy is his fourth studio album and it doesn't differ much from his previous efforts, although it's perhaps sunnier in tone, more upbeat, and a little looser in feel. It's even funky in spots, albeit delicately funky, because no matter how joyous and rhythmic Dennen gets on these tracks, there's always the feeling that it's a glass house he's rocking in, which isn't a bad thing, but one can't help but wonder how he'd sound if he left-turned into Neil Young's Tonight's the Night territory; he probably won't make that turn anytime soon, if at all. There are some undeniably good songs here, like the jaunty "Dancing at a Funeral," which sounds like a joyous celebration of life even as it explores the end of same, the goofy but endearing "Comeback Kid (That's My Dog)," and the set closer, "Walk Away, Watch Me Burn," which chimes along loosely with Dennen singing "I was thinking about my place in the universe" like the philosophical ghost of Jimmy Scott fronting a mellow jam band. Dennen doesn't sound as deliberate, careful, and fussy on this outing, and that bodes well for his future work. He's a singular talent but one gets the feeling that he hasn't quite yet gotten to where he's going to be as an artist. Loverboy is a step closer.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2011
Label:
Dualtone Music Group
UPC:
0803020153424
catalogNumber:
1534
Rank:
53288

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Tracks

  1. Surprise, Surprise  - Brett Dennen
  2. Dancing at a Funeral  - Brett Dennen
  3. Comeback Kid (That's My Dog)  - Brett Dennen
  4. Frozen In Slow Motion  - Brett Dennen
  5. Sydney (I'll Come Running)  - Brett Dennen
  6. Make You Fall In Love With Me  - Brett Dennen
  7. Only Rain  - Brett Dennen
  8. Can't Stop Thinking  - Brett Dennen
  9. Must Be Losing My Mind  - Brett Dennen
  10. Song For Leaving  - Brett Dennen
  11. Queen of the Westside  - Brett Dennen
  12. Little Cosmic Girl  - Brett Dennen
  13. Walk Away, Watch Me Burn  - Brett Dennen

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brett Dennen   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Monisa Angell   Viola
Martin Terefe   Bass,Piano
Zac Rae   Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Ukulele
Andreas Olsson   Guitar,Mellotron
Pete McNeal   Percussion,Drums
David Goodwin   Trombone
James King   Saxophone
Michael Bolger   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Luke Reynolds   Guitar,Keyboards
Davey Chegwidden   Percussion
Dave Wilder   Bass

Technical Credits

Wayne Brezinka   Graphic Design
Martin Terefe   Additional Production
Andreas Olsson   Programming
Brett Dennen   Composer,Producer
Michael McDonald   Management
Brian Conrad   Engineer
Love Sponge Strings   String Arrangements
Sam Keyte   Engineer
Jonathan Eshak   Management

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