12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

For Rattle Their Chains, the fourth album by Texas songwriter Brian Wright, a strong backup band adds the camaraderie and muscle that was arguably missing from the excellent House on Fire, where Wright accompanied himself on a laundry list of instruments. Thanks to this added firepower, a song like “We Don’t Live There” bursts to life with neat lyrical observations about his old Hollywood neighborhood, where he saw his share of crafty characters who feel more dangerous in retrospect. A double-tracked tune like “Hear What I Want” has a looseness that relieves the carefully sculpted quieter moments. Songs like “Red Rooster Social Club” and “Weird Winter” need their relief for the stories to stand out and not get lost in a constant flurry of literary moments. Besides, as a tune like “Face of the Earth” shows, Wright’s a solid country singer when playing that part, too.

EDITORS’ NOTES

For Rattle Their Chains, the fourth album by Texas songwriter Brian Wright, a strong backup band adds the camaraderie and muscle that was arguably missing from the excellent House on Fire, where Wright accompanied himself on a laundry list of instruments. Thanks to this added firepower, a song like “We Don’t Live There” bursts to life with neat lyrical observations about his old Hollywood neighborhood, where he saw his share of crafty characters who feel more dangerous in retrospect. A double-tracked tune like “Hear What I Want” has a looseness that relieves the carefully sculpted quieter moments. Songs like “Red Rooster Social Club” and “Weird Winter” need their relief for the stories to stand out and not get lost in a constant flurry of literary moments. Besides, as a tune like “Face of the Earth” shows, Wright’s a solid country singer when playing that part, too.

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About Brian Wright

An intelligent and thoughtful songwriter, Brian Wright was born in Mclennan County, Texas, near the highway and the trains, as he recalls it, perhaps explaining why he feels so at home on the road. Wright spent his twenties playing the Austin/Dallas bar circuit, eventually moving west to Los Angeles, becoming a fixture in that music scene, as well, with his band, Brian Wright & the Waco Tragedies. After releasing two albums, Bluebird and Dog Ears, Wright broke through to the critics with his third, House on Fire, which appeared in 2011, and followed it with the equally impressive Rattle Their Chain two years later. ~ Steve Leggett

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