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Brett Dennen - Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen

Brett Dennen

Flagship Recordings

Available in stores and from Brett Dennen's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

Brett Dennen is a singer with a very androgynous voice that seems to be perfectly suited to his songs. They all have the hint of island rhythms, which are added to by his percussive guitar playing style. He also seems in his songs to almost go to a Rasta, or Reggae ideology about love and its being the ruler of the universe. This is a disc that presented many disconnected, and contradictory, ideas about the singer and songs. I grabbed the disc and put into the stereo without looking at it, and I wondered whether it was a woman or a very young male with an immature voice singing. Wrong on all counts and because of the rhythms and content of the songs there definitely was no connection to a native son and graduate of a California University. It is sometimes wonderful to have all preconceived ideas smashed. All this said it is a very interesting disc, that is filled with an innocent spirit of a seemingly innocent person that someone trusted/believed in enough to allow to make the disc they wanted to, in a way they wanted to. This is not the usual way in the music business today. There is no way to classify this music, maybe as soft folk, but even that does it a disservice. Go taste something new and completely different here, and get an alternative view and hearing of some of the possibilities that exist.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2005, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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