I can count on fingers and toes the number of songs which have reached the depths of my soul and the artists who created them. If Brett Dennen does nothing else, There Is So Much More places him among that elite of singer/songwriters. A song of monumental beauty, brilliant production pushes it to that point and beyond, Dennen's unerring phrasing and use of lyrics locking it in. One listen explains why it was used in one episode of "Grey's Anatomy" to highlight that show's contrasts of hope and tragedy, for Dennen is as much lost as found in his music, as is proven by these words:
I wonder how so many could be in so much pain
Sometimes my troubles get so thick
from There Is So Much More composed by Brett Dennen, Emigrant Music (BMI) 2006
The truth is, Dennen is astonishingly secure in his music for one so young. He writes and sings with the soul of the wounded troubadour and puts the listener at ease while striking home again and again with soul-shaking truths. And he sings pictures like great painters make paintings. He sings pictures like great singers.
There ain't no reason things are this way
People walk around pushin' back their desks
People walk a tightrope on a razor's edge
from Ain't No Reason composed by Brett Dennen, Emigrant Music (BMI), 2006
Dennen's words review his music better than a critic ever could. Compare him to Dylan or Lightfoot or Lennon or McCartney. Please. He holds his own, song after song and for myself, that is enough. Perhaps it is the sense of humility in a vast world that I find so intriguing. Perhaps he mirrors my soul. The thing is, he does it with a unique but imperfect voice which hits every note and, as a bonus, every emotion.
If Brett Dennen is a true reflection of his songs, he is a musical force to be reckoned with and, lucky for you, that force can be sampled at CDBaby. I personally believe that Dennen's future is now, though I am convinced he will be around for years to come. So if you don't check him out and a few years from now wonder where he came from, don't blame me. I love the guy now.
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