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Brett Dennen - So Much More

So Much More

Brett Dennen

Dualtone Music Group
1614 17th Ave. South
Nashville TN 37212

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Frank Gutch Jr.

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
While others don't seem to feel a thing
Then I curse my whiteness and I get so damn depressed
In a world of suffering why should I be so blessed

Sometimes my troubles get so thick
That I can't see how I'm going to get through it
But then I'd rather be stuck up in a tree
Than be tied to it

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
It's how they've been and intend to stay
I can't explain why we live this way
We do it every day

People walk around pushin' back their desks
Wearing paychecks like necklaces and bracelets
Talkin' 'bout nothin', not thinkin' of death
With every little heartbeat, every little breath

People walk a tightrope on a razor's edge
Carryin' their hurt and their hatred and weapons
It could be a bomb or a bullet or a pen
Or a thought or a word or a sentence

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.

Track List:

  • Ain't No Reason
  • There Is So Much More
  • Darlin' Do Not Fear
  • Because You Are a Woman
  • She's Mine
  • The One Who Loves You the Most
  • I Asked When
  • When You Feel It
  • So Long Sweet Misery
  • Someday
All songs written by Brett Dennen, Emigrant Music (BMI), © 2006.

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2007, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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