12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s key that Jay Brannan’s voice can smooth over rough edges, for his lyrics are about as upfront and unflinching as a songwriter can get without completely breaking down. This ultra-personal approach made Brannan an immediate hit on the Internet, where many people discovered his talents on YouTube. He’s been compared to Liz Phair for his graphic love (well, sex) songs and to Ani DiFranco for his indie-acoustic sound. His third full-length album, 2014’s Always, Then & Now, is self-released and self-produced with help from Brannan’s collaborator Drew Body. Songs such as “My Last Day on Earth” and “Blue-Haired Lady,” where an older woman confronts dying alone, illustrate Brannan’s empathy and his nuanced view on life and death. The world inspires him and sometimes brings him down, as the excellent “Square One” reveals. The brutally frank “Uncle Auntie-Socialite” further explores Brannan’s forthright worldview.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It’s key that Jay Brannan’s voice can smooth over rough edges, for his lyrics are about as upfront and unflinching as a songwriter can get without completely breaking down. This ultra-personal approach made Brannan an immediate hit on the Internet, where many people discovered his talents on YouTube. He’s been compared to Liz Phair for his graphic love (well, sex) songs and to Ani DiFranco for his indie-acoustic sound. His third full-length album, 2014’s Always, Then & Now, is self-released and self-produced with help from Brannan’s collaborator Drew Body. Songs such as “My Last Day on Earth” and “Blue-Haired Lady,” where an older woman confronts dying alone, illustrate Brannan’s empathy and his nuanced view on life and death. The world inspires him and sometimes brings him down, as the excellent “Square One” reveals. The brutally frank “Uncle Auntie-Socialite” further explores Brannan’s forthright worldview.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

52 Ratings

It's like a wonderful key change.

Veneblo,

I personally have always loved Jay at his most basic..a voice and a guitar. With that being said, this album is very near to that but has these perfectly added musical nuances that just add to the music so well. I'm so impressed with the simplicity of the songs because the depth and passion is so apparent in the lyrics and vocals.

This album is reminiscent of his others but the mood, the tone, and just the overall feeling is strangely new (in a great way). I think this is a breath of fresh air that any Jay Brannan fan would love to take. It's definitely going to be in my top 3 Jay Brannan albums.

Listen to "Uncle Auntie-Socialite" "Square One" and "My Love, My Love".

Jay Brannan's BEST

TheaterGuy695,

I've been a devote follower of Jay Brannan ever since his debut in Short Bus. Out of all his albums, this is by far the best. Love his work! I highly recommend it to those who know this artist, and even to those who want to taste his AWESOMENESS

About Jay Brannan

Texas-born singer, songwriter, and actor Jay Brannan's angelic voice and folky acoustic approach may make him appear like a garden-variety contemporary singer/songwriter, but his musical sensibility brings him closer to hard-to-fit-in-a-box female artists like Ani DeFranco, Lisa Loeb, Sinéad O'Connor, and Liz Phair, and he sounds like nothing so much as a male version of Joni Mitchell at times. Brannan appeared as Seth in John Cameron Mitchell's 2006 film Shortbus, and his song "Soda Shop" was featured prominently in the film's soundtrack. Brannan released a limited-edition four-song EP called disasterpiece (it has also been listed as Unmastered) featuring "Soda Shop" that same year, amending it with two additional songs for a second 2008 edition of disasterpiece in 2008. Later that year he finally released a full-length effort, Goddamned. In 2012, Brannan returned with Rob Me Blind, featuring the single "Greatest Hits." Inspired by his travels while on tour, he recorded an ambitious EP of international cover songs sung in six different languages called Around the World in 80 Jays, which was released in 2013. A year later, a new LP of all original acoustic-based songs called Always, Then & Now appeared. ~ Steve Leggett

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