At the End of the Day

At the End of the Day

by Till Brönner


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At the End of the Day

At the End of the Day is an album of light jazz covers of rock songs, which turned out to be a fun idea on the surface, but with little depth beneath. To Till Brönner's credit, he tried to push the envelope quite a bit at the track selection stage -- if the Beatles are an expected selection, and Bowie more or less so too, the Killers are a potentially exciting choice, and the addition of sexy goth metal kings Type O Negative -- who contribute Summer Breeze -- sounds like a one-way ticket to postmodern joy land. The thing is, however, all the picks really lend themselves well to pop-jazz renditions with all the required attributes -- sentimental crooning (competent, but appropriately tame), midtempo rhythms, background strings, and sweet, lulling melodies. Brönner throws in some trumpet, of course -- that's his thing -- but this only boosts the '80s ballad vibe of the record. At the End of the Day would be a welcome soundtrack for a trip to a nice restaurant -- a godsend if you're on a date -- but musically, it's not nearly as challenging as the track list would lead you to believe. Chances are, those unaware of the album being a set of covers would never realize that, taking it simply for nice background music -- as cohesive as Muzak is supposed to be, and with little in the way of oddities, space or otherwise. It's still a great record in its own weight class -- soft, laconic, unobtrusive, and pleasant, possibly even beautiful. But it fails to escape the ultimate pitfall of cover albums -- the music is nice, but you still get the urge to listen to the originals if you recognize any.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/2013
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602527513683
catalogNumber: 2279578

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Till Brönner   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals,Brass,Woodwind
Larry Goldings   Hammond B3
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Chuck Loeb   Guitar
Roberto Di Gioia   Piano,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Tim Lefebvre   Bass
Chris Walden   Conductor
Shawn Mann   Viola
Nan Schwartz   Conductor
Wolf Kerschek   Conductor
Frank Kuruc   Guitar
Marina Manukian   Violin
Magnus Lindgren   Brass,Woodwind
Martijn Vink   Drums
Adam Zolynski   Violin
Neel Hammond   Violin
Henrik Menzel   Guitar,Percussion
Radu Pieptea   Violin
Yelena Yegoryan   Violin
Martin Gallop   Guitar,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Jonathan Heine   Guitar
Brett Banducci   Viola
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith   Cello
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
Kate Reddish   Viola
Olaf Casimir   Bass
Arne Schumann   Keyboards,Wurlitzer
Karl Scholz   Guitar
Andreas Herbig   Percussion,Keyboards
Axel Ruhland   Viola
Martin Benz   Cello
Jansen Folkers   Violin

Technical Credits

David Bowie   Composer,Lyricist
John Lennon   Composer,Lyricist
Paul McCartney   Composer,Lyricist
Jens Winther   rhythm arrangement
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer,Lyricist
Till Brönner   Composer,Lyricist,rhythm arrangement,Brass Arrangment,Woodwind Arrangement
Henry Creamer   Composer,Lyricist
Dash Crofts   Composer,Lyricist
Gus Kahn   Composer,Lyricist
Turner Layton   Composer,Lyricist
Terry Lewis   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Mercer   Composer,Lyricist
James Harris   Composer,Lyricist
Matty Malneck   Composer
Bill Smith   Engineer
Chris Walden   String Arrangements
Nan Schwartz   String Arrangements
Magnus Lindgren   Brass Arrangment,Woodwind Arrangement
Joseph A. "Fud" Livingston   Composer
Brandon Flowers   Composer,Lyricist
David Keuning   Composer,Lyricist
Mark Stoermer   Composer,Lyricist
Ronnie Vannucci   Composer,Lyricist
Martin Sutton   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Henrik Menzel   Producer
James Seals   Composer,Lyricist
Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs   Composer,Lyricist
James Edward Warren   Composer,Lyricist
Mattias Lindblom   Composer,Lyricist
Arne Schumann   Engineer
Andreas Herbig   Producer
Will Simms   Composer,Lyricist
Carsten Wrede   Engineer
Sadie Vimmerstedt   Composer,Lyricist
Anders Wolbeck   Composer,Lyricist
Rene Türschmann   Engineer

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