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Wilson, Bryan - 2005 I Laugh At Things I Shouldn't



ARTIST: Wilson, Bryan
ALBUM: I Laugh At Things I Shouldn't
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2005

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Bryan Wilson - vocals, guitars, keyboards * David Mikeal - drums, bass, keyboards, harmonica, vocals * Claire Bird - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Beside Myself * 02 Not A Chance * 03 It's Come To This * 04 Like To Be Around * 05 To Feel Your Touch * 06 The Road * 07 What Is Right * 08 You + Me * 09 Gunslinger * 10 Thief Of My Heart * 11 Time To Say Goodbye/Tears In The Rain * 12 Shotgun Willie

RATING:

Background

From the warm climes of Florida comes singer songwriter Bryan Wilson. When he's not busy dodging hurricanes and rednecks, he's busy playing solo acoustic gigs throughout the state. Not that Florida has been privy to his talent; other parts of the USA and Canada have been witness to his performances. Looking like a cross between a young Robin Zander and Todd Rundgren (when he was much much younger.), Wilson has fast-tracked his credentials by hooking up with former MPG maestro David Mikeal. The collaboration is a good one, and a logical one at that; considering Mikeal's love for sixties era Beatle-mania. Wilson himself was a member of an outfit called The British Invasion, so you can see where this album has its origins from. Yep, it's a good solid dose of melodic pop, but with an inordinate amount of charm and warmth. Though the music has its influences tagged with acoustic polish, the studio electrics give it the proverbial 'kick up the jacksy', thanks no doubt go to Mr Mikeal for time honored studio craft and devotion to production chores.

The Songs

Things start out with the brimming pop of 'Beside Myself', easy to hear the British influence here. Think Beatles and Hollies type melodia and you're well on your way. The electrics come to the fore with 'Not A Chance' - slightly aggressive and roughened up, like a teenager out on the prowl on Friday night! The acoustic ballad 'It's Come To This' is warm and invokes comparisons to modern day pop coming out of the UK - particularly the string arrangement. The summery flavour of 'To Feel Your Touch' strikes a chord with me, as does the modern rock/nu-breed sounding 'What Is Right'. Wind the clock back five years previous and you'd be asking, could this be keith LuBrant, The Tories or Uptown Sinclair perhaps? The easy on the ear 'You + Me' takes us on a road back into time - an effortless musical drift which reminded me of some of Alan Parsons acoustic moments. The mandolin like sounds emanating through 'Gunslinger' makes our protagonist appear like a new-age cowboy. Brokeback Mountain anyone? No seriously, everytime you think of Western themes and rock music, you see visions of Jon Bon Jovi standing on some cliff-face bellowing out 'Blaze Of Glory', so this Gunslinger is slightly different. For a contrast, the rather cool hand jazz of 'Thief Of My Heart' slinks across the soundscape combining suave and sultry. The 'hardest' track onboard the album is 'Time To Say Goodbye', it then segues into 'Tears In The Rain', which is a discordant track full of phasing sound effects. Unusual to say the least. The thoroughly likeable 'live sounding' workout that is 'Shotgun Willie' ends the album with a sense of humor. The story behind this track can be read in the liner notes, makes for some interesting reading. The hidden track at the end is kinda bemusing too! Good stuff.

In Summary

In the context of an independently released CD with a well-known 'assist' role to David Mikeal, this is a pretty good effort. You can tell that a lot of hard work has gone into this album, and the music is interesting and varied. A few of these tracks would indicate that Bryan has a good sense of humor all round, even the sentence at the foot of his liner notes, I have suffered for years for my music, now it's your turn. bought a smile to my face. Fans of melodic pop with an infusion of the sixties British Invasion influence would find great solace here.
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gdazegod September 18 2006 3551 reads 0 comments Print

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