Good Thief

Good Thief

by John Brannen
     
 

On singer/songwriter John Brannen's fourth album, he combines rootsy arrangements with a handful of solid songs to create a wise record that doesn't forget to rock. His sound and approach, as some critics have noted, shows the influence of Bruce Springsteen and John Cougar Mellencamp withoutSee more details below

Overview

On singer/songwriter John Brannen's fourth album, he combines rootsy arrangements with a handful of solid songs to create a wise record that doesn't forget to rock. His sound and approach, as some critics have noted, shows the influence of Bruce Springsteen and John Cougar Mellencamp without being derivative. Call it rock from America's heartland. "A Pair of Dice" tells the tale of a lucky gambler whose luck runs out when the devil comes to him "disguised, painted lips and pleading eyes." While this might look like another song about another woman doing a man wrong, the lyric never spells everything out and Brannen delivers the piece with gusto. "Lookin' Good" rolls along with a nice rhythmic base, guitars and bass chugging along as the protagonist pines over his good-looking Ex. Brannen's joined by a talented band including guitarist Pete Carr, pianist Clayton Ivy, bassist Willie Weeks, and drummer Owen Hale, allowing for full-bodied arrangements. There's also liberal use of background singers, as on "Lost Angels," giving the choruses a little something extra. The Good Thief will appeal to fans of the above-mentioned singers, and will be a much welcomed return to form for fans who recall Brannen's debut, Mystery Street.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2004
Label:
Mack Avenue
UPC:
0673203300125
catalogNumber:
33001
Rank:
300396

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Brannen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Steel Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Pete Carr   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Steel Guitar
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Owen Hale   Drums
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
Clayton Ivey   Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Piano (Grand),Hammond B3
Willie Weeks   Bass Guitar
Giles Reeves   Strings,Drums,Harmonium,Pipe,tin whistle
Paul Simmons   Percussion,Drums
Melissa Mattey   Cello

Technical Credits

Pete Carr   Producer,Audio Production
Jack Tempchin   Composer
John Brannen   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
John Robbins   Studio Support
Peter Grant   Art Direction
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Steve Melton   Engineer
Giles Reeves   Engineer,Whistle
Nick Worley   Studio Support
Gretchen Carhartt   Executive Producer
John McBride   Studio Support
Lowell Reynolds   Studio Support

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