Randall Bramblett - The Bright Spots (2013) [Rock]

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Randall Bramblett - The Bright Spots (2013) [Rock]

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     Randall Bramblett – The Bright Spots


        Label.........................: New West
        Genre.........................: Rock
        StoreDate.....................: May–14–2013
        Source........................: CDDA
        Grabber.......................: Exact Audio Copy (Secure Mode)
        Encoding Scheme...............: Lame 3.98.4 V0 VBR Joint–Stereo
        Size..........................: 98.94 MB
        Total Playing Time............: 58:13

        Release Notes:

        Throughout Randall Bramblett's long, storied career as a sideman and as
        a solo artist, he has doggedly mined the sources of his earliest
        inspirations –– soul, R&B, blues, and roots rock –– for the lessons they
        teach about creative expression. As a result, his albums have always
        moved a little deeper, a little wider, and have taken enough chances
        with those forms that he's too mercurial to pin down –– he's a marketing
        person's nightmare, but a real music fan's (and musician's) delight. The
        Bright Spots, his ninth offering, is at once his loosest and most
        adventurous studio recording. Bramblett raised $30,000 in a Kickstarter
        campaign to fund the recording. Seven tunes were recorded with his
        longtime band and some friends at drummer, co–producer, and engineer
        Gerry Hansen's studio near Bramblett's home in Athens, Georgia, while
        the remainder were done with a smaller group in Nashville. The different
        lineups and locations add a varied, very live–from–the–floor feel (which
        in fact most of these cuts were), despite the fact that Hansen and
        Bramblett took some real chances in post–production. One example is on
        the smoking, midtempo gospel blues "Every Saint," with its canny loop of
        Pygmy children splashing around in a creek as both intro and backdrop.
        There are some popping, funky rockers, including opener "Roll," with its
        stinging guitars, wailing B–3, and punchy horns. The grimy,
        psych–tinged, gospelized groove of "John the Baptist" (with a killer
        baritone sax by Tom Ryan and spacy Coral electric sitar by Davis Causey)
        is a real standout. "Whatever That Is" is swampy, Rhodes–fueled blues,
        while "Trying to Steal a Minute" is a steamy, nocturnal, suffocatingly
        close, shuffling funk blues with throbbing bass, big hypnotic shuffling
        drums, and layered washes of keyboards and guitar. The loop–drenched
        blues funk in "You Bring Me Down" is forceful for Betsy Franck's gospel
        wail soaring above the musical fray. The finest moments here are the
        ballads. Bramblett seems to have been listening to the Mercury–era Rod
        Stewart records when he wrote the gorgeous love song "My Darling One."
        The tender, shimmering, poetic "Detox Bracelet," with its lithe
        keyboards and skittering hi–hat, is his own startling, unique invention.
        Throughout the record, Bramblett's dusky, soulful voice inhabits his
        words as if what is portrayed by them is happening in real time, and
        while the considerable hooks help him there, it's his poignant lyrics
        that bring him the rest of the way into the center. In this latter area,
        he's as good –– and as deep –– as virtually anybody. The Bright Spots,
        while immediately recognizable as a Bramblett album, doesn't sound like
        anything else in his catalog. It's bold, inventive, colorful, and at
        times profound.


                                Tracklisting

     01. Roll                                                           3:21
     02. Every Saint                                                    5:14
     03. 'Til The Party's All Gone                                      5:07
     04. My Darling One                                                 4:54
     05. Whatever That Is                                               4:25
     06. John The Baptist                                               5:19
     07. Shine                                                          4:53
     08. Trying To Steal A Minute                                       5:58
     09. Detox Bracelet                                                 4:24
     10. You Bring Me Down                                              4:51
     11. All Is Well                                                    5:07
     12. Rumbling Bridge                                                4:40


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