12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sharp wit, a ready supply of hooks, and a willingness to test musical boundaries distinguishes Dean Brody’s work on his fourth album, Crop Circles. Since his 2009 self-titled debut, the British Columbia–born singer/songwriter has established himself as one of Canada’s most promising country talents. His craft as a tunesmith invites comparisons with Brad Paisley, while his penchant for narrative ballads suggests folk legend Ian Tyson. Brody is very much his own man, though, as evidenced by tracks as different as “Bounty” (the tale of two fugitive lovers finding happiness in Mexico) and the title tune (a quirky account of teenaged partiers, a suspicious farmer, and UFO paranoia). “Four Wheel Drive” and “Mountain Man” have fun with outdoor scenarios, while “Another Man’s Gold” and “Back to the Front Porch” celebrate old-fashioned values with vivid imagery and sincere feeling. Brody shows his folk leanings on “Kansas Cried,” a Civil War love story set to a bittersweet waltz. Unexpected detours like the Jamaican-flavored “Sand in My Soul” offer variety amid the mostly acoustic-slanted tracks.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A sharp wit, a ready supply of hooks, and a willingness to test musical boundaries distinguishes Dean Brody’s work on his fourth album, Crop Circles. Since his 2009 self-titled debut, the British Columbia–born singer/songwriter has established himself as one of Canada’s most promising country talents. His craft as a tunesmith invites comparisons with Brad Paisley, while his penchant for narrative ballads suggests folk legend Ian Tyson. Brody is very much his own man, though, as evidenced by tracks as different as “Bounty” (the tale of two fugitive lovers finding happiness in Mexico) and the title tune (a quirky account of teenaged partiers, a suspicious farmer, and UFO paranoia). “Four Wheel Drive” and “Mountain Man” have fun with outdoor scenarios, while “Another Man’s Gold” and “Back to the Front Porch” celebrate old-fashioned values with vivid imagery and sincere feeling. Brody shows his folk leanings on “Kansas Cried,” a Civil War love story set to a bittersweet waltz. Unexpected detours like the Jamaican-flavored “Sand in My Soul” offer variety amid the mostly acoustic-slanted tracks.

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About Dean Brody

Canadian country singer and songwriter Dean Brody grew up on the edge of the Canadian Rockies in Jaffray, British Columbia, spending a formative rural childhood hunting, fishing, splitting firewood, playing sports, and participating in the local 4-H. But he also played guitar and wrote songs and determined early that he wanted a career in music. Life puts you where it puts you, though, and when he was 16, Brody, like most every other boy in the area, started working at the sawmill. The job convinced him that he had to take a shot at his music dreams, and in 2004, Brody moved to Nashville, TN on a wing and a prayer. Eventually he found a music publishing deal and began to focus on his songwriting, but after two years, his contract wasn't extended. To make matters worse, his U.S. work permit wasn't renewed, and Brody was forced to move back to Canada, all but sure that he was going to have to abandon his music dreams. Before he really had a chance to settle, though, Brody learned that Keith Stegall, then working with Broken Bow Records, wanted to sign him to a recording deal. Brody returned to Nashville, and began working with friend and producer Matt Rovey on his debut album, the self-titled Dean Brody, which Broken Bow released in 2009. A first single, "Brothers," generated enough play to hit the middle of the charts in both Canada and the U.S.A. that same year. ~ Steve Leggett

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