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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

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.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings
53 Ratings
Veneblo ,

It's like a wonderful key change.

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".

Charlie.Kehl ,

Jay just gets better!

What a great group of new songs from Jay! Jay Brannan does it again with a collection of funny, dark, charming, and heartbreaking tunes. This album's title track is my favorite of this hauntingly beautiful singer's original works. Nothing gets better than this!

Ballstothetoilet ,

I'm in love

You just keep getting better and better!

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