12 Songs, 48 Minutes

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5

351 Ratings

351 Ratings

AMAZING!

MEEEEEEEEERMEN

Amazing sophmore effort!!! So young, and already two complete cd's!!! Not a bad song on either CD, but a huge step in growth with this second release!!!

Thank you.

adollarinmypocket

"This time I've gotta get it right, gotta get it right now, gotta get it right this time..."

Well, sounds dramatic, but he got it right last time and he got it right this time. I have seen Brendan live twice now and got to meet him the other night. What a talented, humble, and honest artist he is through and through. This album has a perfect blend of inward and outward focus and incorporates dynamic beats throughout. The beautiful melodies are laced with syncopation and the notes (vocal and musical) are sustained in the most perfect and unexpected places.

None of the tracks are "skippers," but my very favorite songs, if I had to choose, are "Nothing for Granted," "Anything for You," "Get it Right," and "Your Beating Heart."

Brendan James is What Real Music is All About!!

CSUS06

This is the most worthwhile wait for a highly anticipated album to come along in years!! I have been a fan of Brendan James for over two years, ever since the release of "The Day is Brave." His uncompromising debut album is what artists who have been in the industry for decades could only hope to achieve. His self-titled follow up release is beyond masterful! I had the gretest musical opportunity last week--seeing Brendan James perform live in concert, showcasing music off of this release as well as his earlier work. I was floored, for lack of a better word, by the innate gift that Brendan was sharing with his listeners. I was able to purchase a copy of this album at his show and have not stopped playing it ever since! In my humble opinion, each track stands alone as stellar and individual. My personal favorite has to be "Different Kind of Love"--which James penned for his sister. The simplicity and depth of the lyrics and Melody that only a songwriter such as Brendan James can provide are apparent on this track and will leave you feeling as though this song, alone, could provide the much deserved recognition that James is due, not only in the singer/songwriter category, but in the music industry at large. "The Fall" is a beautifully written track that showcases Brendan's signature ability to tell a "musical story" in a "colorful" and genuine way. "Stupid for Your Love" is far from "stupid!" One of the most intelligently written love songs to come around in a long time. "Nothing for Granted" is an anthem for how the simplicity self-love can put you in a place to be appreciative for the good things in life. I could write on and on about how this is the BEST album to come along in years!! It has been too long since I have been excited about a musical relase. This brilliant album will not let you down! Brendan James has single-handedly upped the standards for what "definitive artist" truly is. He is a natural. Listen for yourself. I only discovered the bonus track, "Coming Up" today, as this track was excluded from the label manufactured copy. After listening to this brilliant song, all I could conclude is that with this album, we are witnessing firsthand,the makings of a deserving musical legend!!!

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

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