Twilight Tattoo

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
While there is no denying the similarities to Bruce Springsteen in John Brannen's yearning, rootsy vocals, he's no boss wannabe. Instead, Brannen crafts crackling Americana rock and country-tinged heartland music that connects with guts and soul. Think of him as the male counterpart to Lucinda Williams, who joins him for a duet on "A Cut So Deep," one of this album's standout ballads. Brannen splits his time between straight-up, midtempo rockers such as "Heartbreak Ridge" and "Black Mountain Dandy" and the more sincere (ie:softer, acoustic based) material such as the heartfelt, politically charged title track -- his most Springsteen-esque moment -- that dominates the ...
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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
While there is no denying the similarities to Bruce Springsteen in John Brannen's yearning, rootsy vocals, he's no boss wannabe. Instead, Brannen crafts crackling Americana rock and country-tinged heartland music that connects with guts and soul. Think of him as the male counterpart to Lucinda Williams, who joins him for a duet on "A Cut So Deep," one of this album's standout ballads. Brannen splits his time between straight-up, midtempo rockers such as "Heartbreak Ridge" and "Black Mountain Dandy" and the more sincere (ie:softer, acoustic based) material such as the heartfelt, politically charged title track -- his most Springsteen-esque moment -- that dominates the disc's second half. Even though each track is effective individually, this is an album that is more impressive taken as a whole. Brannen's personality becomes more focused and the intensity of the tunes increases as the disc winds on. The closing "The Mountain" perfectly captures the singer/songwriter's message of universal love, leavened with a bit of spirituality and sexuality ("when you touch the burning bush, you're gonna feel the fire") that never feels forced, all set against an easy rolling Eagles styled melody that gradually gains in momentum. Co-produced by Brannen and David Z., the sound is crisp and immediate. There are enough surprises, such as the occasional guitar loop and harmonica to keep the tunes from sounding rote or similar. Lyrically, the often poetically charged and philosophical concepts of songs such as "Goin' Fishin'" and "Boom Baby Boom" belie their deceptively simplistic titles. Brannen is on top of his game here with a set of songs that resonate long after the last note fades on an album that reveals more with repeated listenings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • UPC: 673203300224
  • Catalog Number: 33002
  • Sales rank: 289,532

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Restless (3:49)
  2. 2 Boom Baby Boom (3:40)
  3. 3 Almost Love (3:50)
  4. 4 A Cut So Deep (3:56)
  5. 5 Heartbreak Ridge (3:12)
  6. 6 Black Mountain Dandy (4:23)
  7. 7 Goin' Fishin' (3:58)
  8. 8 Jericho Road (5:05)
  9. 9 Twilight Tattoo (5:01)
  10. 10 Vagabond Saints (4:34)
  11. 11 Rain (4:25)
  12. 12 The Mountain (5:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Brannen Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Giles Reaves Percussion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Lucinda Williams Vocals
Jack Holder Electric Guitar
Duane Jarvis Electric Guitar
Tom Hambridge Percussion, Drums
David Smith Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
John Brannen Composer, Producer, Audio Production
David Z. Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Duane Jarvis Composer
Johnny Lee Schell Engineer
Don Von Tress Composer
Tom Hambridge Composer
Kevin Bowe Composer
Tony Buzzeo Mastering
Maria Ehrenreich Production Director, Director Of Creative Services
Gretchen Carhartt Executive Producer
James Barnard Graphic Assistant
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