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Brett Dennen's fifth album, Smoke and Mirrors makes it clear that the singer/songwriter's spirit is clearly aligned with the troubadours of the early '70s. Before you even hear a note, glancing at the cover image of Dennen standing amid a sunny panorama of trees and mountains gives you an idea of where he's coming from, and the nature-boy narrative of "Wild Child" echoes that imagery. Dennen's gently optimistic songwriting also places him far from the postmodern pack—the openhearted love song "You Make It Easy" could've been an AM radio smash four decades ago. With Dennen's classic themes, predilection for fingerpicked acoustic guitar ("Only Want You"), and upbeat AOR indulgences ("Wild Child"), Smoke and Mirrors borrows from the past several decades of rock songwriting for a refreshingly contemporary result.

Customer Reviews

Brett is a musical genius

After hearing his new single and some other tracks that were played at his recent concerts I am very excited for the release of this album. Seems like this particular one is going to be a more relaxed Brett as he has already established himself as a great musician. Hopefully it is as good as all the others.

Wild Child

Just heard the single Wild Child and I absolutely love it! Anyone else hear a strong Steve Miller Band influence on that song?


This album is beautiful. Brett Dennen has a way of changing his song style just enough on every album, but he always pulls it off wonderfully.


Born: October 28, 1979 in Oakdale, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Amiable West Coast singer/songwriter Brett Dennen first drew attention in 2004 with the single "Desert Sunrise." The tune, with its easy groove and soulful phrasing, garnered enough spins on KCRW to warrant the release of his self-titled debut the following year. Stylistically, Dennen's thoughtful, laid-back tunes fit in with the burgeoning singer/songwriter scene that had produced stars like Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson. He signed with Dualtone and released 2006's So Much More, followed two years...
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