Brett Dennen by Brett Dennen on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brett Dennen's 2005 eponymous debut reveals a golden-voiced young man still finding his musical footing as a west-coast singer-songwriter. The acoustic based "Blessed" introduces the album with an optimistic and breezy folk-pop ditty inspired by Jack Johnson's jovial early work and The Dave Matthews Band's playfully meandering guitar solos. But as soon as Dennen's vocals first chime in, it's evident that he's got an almost otherworldly gift that not even his influencers can claim. Dennen's impressive inflections are the star of this album — they unpredictably zig when his music zaggs on songs like "Blessed," but they also follow melody closely, making for more memorable tunes especially on mellow and romantic numbers like "Desert Sunrise." His amazing voice is both soulful and rich in boyish timbre. He doesn't resort to vocal gymnastics, so music critics' comparisons to everyone from Jeff Buckley and Van Morrison to Billie Holiday and Tracy Chapman are truly just (especially the latter on "When I Go") — even if his songwriting skills here haven't yet written the kind of checks that his voice yearns to cash. Dennen's penchant for poetic lyrics on the ballad "Oh the Glorious" hints at things to come.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Brett Dennen's 2005 eponymous debut reveals a golden-voiced young man still finding his musical footing as a west-coast singer-songwriter. The acoustic based "Blessed" introduces the album with an optimistic and breezy folk-pop ditty inspired by Jack Johnson's jovial early work and The Dave Matthews Band's playfully meandering guitar solos. But as soon as Dennen's vocals first chime in, it's evident that he's got an almost otherworldly gift that not even his influencers can claim. Dennen's impressive inflections are the star of this album — they unpredictably zig when his music zaggs on songs like "Blessed," but they also follow melody closely, making for more memorable tunes especially on mellow and romantic numbers like "Desert Sunrise." His amazing voice is both soulful and rich in boyish timbre. He doesn't resort to vocal gymnastics, so music critics' comparisons to everyone from Jeff Buckley and Van Morrison to Billie Holiday and Tracy Chapman are truly just (especially the latter on "When I Go") — even if his songwriting skills here haven't yet written the kind of checks that his voice yearns to cash. Dennen's penchant for poetic lyrics on the ballad "Oh the Glorious" hints at things to come.

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About Brett Dennen

Amiable West Coast singer/songwriter Brett Dennen first drew attention in 2004 with the single "Desert Sunrise." The tune, with its easy groove and soulful phrasing, garnered enough spins on KCRW to warrant the release of his self-titled debut the following year. Stylistically, Dennen's thoughtful, laid-back tunes fit in with the burgeoning singer/songwriter scene that had produced stars like Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. He signed with Dualtone and released 2006's So Much More, followed two years later by Hope for the Hopeless. When he wasn't headlining his own tours, he could be found opening bills for Dave Matthews, Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, and Jackson Browne, among others. Dennen's fourth studio effort, Loverboy, arrived in 2011 and featured subtle African rhythms and more of a pop veneer. It was followed in 2013 by the sparser, acoustic-based Smoke and Mirrors, which was released by Atlantic. The album was a success and landed Dennen in Billboard's Top 200 for the first time. By this point he had also landed a number of prominent TV placements including the theme song of NBC's sitcom, About a Boy. His fifth album, 2016's Por Favor, was a rhythmic, stripped-down affair with a light reggae flair. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Oakdale, CA
  • BORN
    Oct 28, 1979

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