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Album Review

Brilliantine is the solo project of Dambuilders bassist/vocalist Dave Derby — on My Life and the Beautiful Game, Derby drops some of the Dambuilders' more spastic tendencies in favor of melodic, low-key pop. His new sound is certainly no revolution, but the consistent and pop-oriented tracks on My Life are solid, pleasant and generally appealing, with the addition of guests like Ivy's Dominique Durand and Small Factory's Phoebe Summersquash adding spice and variety. Given Derby's traditional pop approach, the album can only be as good as his songwriting — which is decent and consistent but never approaches anything remarkable.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Brilliantine is led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Derby, formerly of the Dambuilders, and features an ever-changing line-up that has included Ivy's Dominique Durand, Lloyd Cole and Derby's former bandmate, drummer Kevin March. After the demise of the Dambuilders, Derby traveled the world with his 4-track and recorded Brilliantine's debut album, 1997's Vainglory, which displayed a gentler, poppier side to Derby's sound. 1999's Life & The Beautiful Game continued this...
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