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On singer/songwriter John Brannen's fourth album, he combines rootsy arrangements with a handful of solid songs to create a wise record that doesn't forget to rock. His sound and approach, as some critics have noted, shows the influence of Bruce Springsteen and John Cougar Mellencamp without being derivative. Call it rock from America's heartland. "A Pair of Dice" tells the tale of a lucky gambler whose luck runs out when the devil comes to him "disguised, painted lips and pleading eyes." While this might look like another song about another woman doing a man wrong, the lyric never spells everything out and Brannen delivers the piece with gusto. "Lookin' Good" rolls along with a nice rhythmic base, guitars and bass chugging along as the protagonist pines over his good-looking Ex. Brannen's joined by a talented band including guitarist Pete Carr, pianist Clayton Ivy, bassist Willie Weeks, and drummer Owen Hale, allowing for full-bodied arrangements. There's also liberal use of background singers, as on "Lost Angels," giving the choruses a little something extra. The Good Thief will appeal to fans of the above-mentioned singers, and will be a much welcomed return to form for fans who recall Brannen's debut, Mystery Street. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi


Born: 19 March 1952 in Savannah, GA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

b. 19 March 1952, Savannah, Georgia, USA. Country singer John Brannen was raised by his mother in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. He became interested in travelling and playing music and, combining the two, he sailed the Caribbean for a year, pulling into ports and playing in local clubs. Back in Charleston, he joined Wheat Ridge and became converted to country music through Waylon Jennings’ records. He signed recording contracts with Capitol Records and then Apache (releasing his 1988 debut Mystery...
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