Brendan James (Bonus Track Version) by Brendan James on Apple Music

12 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Brendan James' eponymous sophomore LP the New York singer/songwriter collaborated with producer Warren Huart, who has worked with Kris Allen, the Fray, the Thrills, and Augustana, among others. Since James writes on the piano, Huart chose the traditional method of keeping the instrument's presence up close with James' vocals to give the album an earnest sound void of any self-conscious affectations. "Nothing for Granted" opens with James' voice inflecting a natural trill before climbing up into handsome falsettos à la David Gray. Standout track "The Fall" is a moving ballad with a lovelorn narrative about being painfully realistic in a long-distance relationship. "Get It Right" is a subtly catchy song that makes tasteful use of sequenced beats nicely contrasting James' folky and organic approach to songwriting — and Huart's modern embellishments make for a more cosmopolitan feel. "Emerald Sky" comes close to a California vibe with its Colbie Calliat-esque bounce, but James' avoidance of vocal acrobatics helps retain an honest tone.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On Brendan James' eponymous sophomore LP the New York singer/songwriter collaborated with producer Warren Huart, who has worked with Kris Allen, the Fray, the Thrills, and Augustana, among others. Since James writes on the piano, Huart chose the traditional method of keeping the instrument's presence up close with James' vocals to give the album an earnest sound void of any self-conscious affectations. "Nothing for Granted" opens with James' voice inflecting a natural trill before climbing up into handsome falsettos à la David Gray. Standout track "The Fall" is a moving ballad with a lovelorn narrative about being painfully realistic in a long-distance relationship. "Get It Right" is a subtly catchy song that makes tasteful use of sequenced beats nicely contrasting James' folky and organic approach to songwriting — and Huart's modern embellishments make for a more cosmopolitan feel. "Emerald Sky" comes close to a California vibe with its Colbie Calliat-esque bounce, but James' avoidance of vocal acrobatics helps retain an honest tone.

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About Brendan James

Contemporary singer/songwriter Brendan James began writing placid, autobiographical songs in college, accompanying himself on piano and wrapping his tenor vocals around tales of childhood, love, and nature. A native of New Hampshire, James relocated to Chapel Hill to attend the University of North Carolina, but the desire to pursue music convinced him to temporarily move to Los Angeles. He wrote songs during his stay in California and returned to Chapel Hill in 2002, where he graduated from college and set his sights on New York. James decamped to the Big Apple and issued a four-song EP before enlisting producer Mikal Blue (who would later produce Colbie Caillat's Coco) to help him record a full-length debut. Featuring songs inspired by his parents' divorce and former love interests, The Day Is Brave arrived in June 2008. After touring the album and relocating once again to Los Angeles, James wrote and recorded his self-titled sophomore release, Brendan James, which appeared in 2010. Playing Favorites followed in 2013, with the emotionally direct Simplify arriving later that same year. ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Derry, NH

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