I didn’t know much about Brendan until a little while ago. I am actually stunned that he has released 5 albums. There are some standouts on this album, but it is kick started with vocal alarm clock in the first song, which nearly knocked me off the couch.
I am, On this fine occasion and Only Highs and Scars of the Past are probably my favourites. This album grows on you. Every track is so different that you have to listen to it a few times to get the idea of the whole package. It is good to mix things up but if you are not used to an artist, it can take a few times to let it all flow over you and sink in.
The problem, sometimes, with artists that I have known and loved for a long time, is that you become too comfortable. You get the occasional twist and surprise from them but you buy their albums and love their music know matter what they produce and you also know ahead of time that you are going to love it and why.
With someone that you don’t know, the whole album is full of surprises, you don’t know what is coming because you haven’t heard them before. In the case with this album, I had no idea what to expect. I think that I had heard one song on community radio, and maybe caught a video clip in part, on Facebook, but I really did not know a lot of information and could not find much information.
I guess this album could fit into a few genres, outside and inside country music. Of the 79 types of country music, I think Brendan covers about 15 on here. It is a very polished album, well produced and open to ears who may not usually listen to country….though that is becoming a very popular statement these days, as people are changing their views towards country music.
Brendan’s vocals are strong and variable, fitting the mood of the songs and feel of the album in general. There is nothing left to say but Rittdiddeedooooh or something like that. You will get that when you hear the opening of the first song.
Lost My Way
No Rush Today
On This Fine Occasion
Scars of The Past