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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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Brendan James is What Real Music is All About!!

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!!!

Wonderful originality

Brendan writes lyrics that evoke something unique in each of us. His distinct ability to then create a sound carrying them through into our minds is flawless. I, one of many I'm sure, feel more a complete, more challenged and more balanced person as a result.

my favorite artist

brendan has been my favorite artist for the past year and half ever since i first heard 'green' and after listening to his new album he will continue to be my favorite until the 3rd one comes out. all the songs are excellent and he puts on a heartfelt live show and is a very genuine guy. it's definitley worth it to buy the entire album.


Born: Derry, NH

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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