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Album Review

Brad Corrigan, the former lead singer of Dispatch, opens up his new life as Braddigan with "Walls," a song that is flavored with an approach a young Stephen Stills gave us on the radio decades before the independent artist emerged as a power. The original compositions display a pop polish and commercial appeal that might strike the jam band fans of the aforementioned Dispatch as mainstream. It is an elegant move forward expressed in the masterful playing on "Daggers," a tune with merit and a warm assuring vocal that has much promise. "Sweet Uncertain" could be Jefferson Airplane if they launched in 2005 instead of the '60s, liquid guitars and percussive reverberations gently holding the melodies that lead up to the hook. Though Braddigan shifts genres with ease on this pleasant collection, there's no denying the mainstream aim. The packaging is done with style, with elegant paintings by Elsie Connors on both the cover and the 16-page booklet, which make Watchfires look as special as it sounds. Braddigan has transformed himself from youthful rocker to a pop maestro chock-full of hooks, clever and compelling words, and that musical intuition so necessary to communicate his feelings to the listener. "Sweet Jah," "Fallin'" and "City on a Hill" are all so different, but they weave into this tapestry seamlessly. The instrumental "Noah's Arc" is a theme song to the surf film of the same name. It is lovely, as is the second instrumental, a hidden 11th track that is untitled. There's much to absorb on this wonderful "debut," and Brad Corrigan proves himself a craftsman able to deliver 45 minutes of music that holds up well to repeated play. Indeed, it demands those additional spins.

Customer Reviews

Let The Sun Be Upon Your Back...

The debut album from Braddigan (some may know him from the band Dispatch) is truly a work of art. These carefully crafted songs demonstrate global vision, articulate storytelling and rock-pop sensibility. Harmonies abound and a guest appearance by guitar virtuoso Phil Keaggy adds to the eclectic hand percussion making this a must hear for Braddigan, Dispatch and music fans everywhere!

Just.....AWESOME

I've been a long, long time fan of Dispatch and their music. I was so sad i almost cried when they split up way back when. Then i started to listen to Chetro's band, State Radio, and even got their cd, "Us Against the Crown" (which is awesome). I also listened to a little of Pete's stuff and got his cd from a friend. Then i was waiting for Braddigan to come out with his solo stuff. I went to his website to check it out and that was the first time i listened to "Pura Vida," which remains one of my favorite songs of all time. So then i was stuck wanting more and waiting for his full cd to come out. And here it is. And i must say it is awesome. Sure he doesn't sound like Dispatch, but in this case it's still a good thing. All his songs are perfect music if you're just hangin out with your friends or cruisin down the highway on a fine summer day. Although "Pura Vida" remains my favorite, it's hard to beat Braddigan's songs like "Walls," "Sweet Jah," and "The Crossing." If you just want to chill and listen to some guitar, start up "Noah's Arc" and "Keaggy Jam." Overall this cd was a great debut for Braddigan, and i hope his next stuff will be just as good.

Sailin' with Braddigan

This album has made average days, bad days, even slow days seem relaxing. Braddigan's guitar skills are phenomenal, especially during the instrumental piece, and all are new songs except for "Fallin'" which we all probably heard at the Hatch. The album creates a summer mood and is a must have. Its great he's finally up on iTunes and I think everyone can agree that some live tracks would be great too.

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