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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

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About Brett Dennen

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 later by Hope for the Hopeless. When he wasn't headlining his own tours, he could be found opening bills for Dave Matthews, Taj Mahal, Ziggy Marley, and Jackson Browne, among others. Dennen's fourth studio effort, Loverboy, arrived in 2011 and featured subtle African rhythms and more of a pop veneer. It was followed in 2013 by the sparser, acoustic-based Smoke and Mirrors, which was released by Atlantic. The album was a success and landed Dennen in Billboard's Top 200 for the first time. By this point he had also landed a number of prominent TV placements including the theme song of NBC's sitcom, About a Boy. His fifth album, 2016's Por Favor, was a rhythmic, stripped-down affair with a light reggae flair. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Oakdale, CA
  • BORN
    October 28, 1979

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