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Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 @ 21:39:00 UTC
Artist: Larry Brewer
CD: Lucky Ever After
Home: Madison, Mississippi
Quote: "The core of Lucky Ever After is as sunny as its title: not a cloying, fake sentiment, but true optimism, through struggles and heartache."
By Beeb Ashcroft
Heartfelt, honest, and often poignant, Larry Brewer's Lucky Ever After is pop rock twinged with a little western twang. Taking a timeless approach to songwriting, Brewer crafts compelling songs and draws you in with his sincere vocals.
Although the album touches on topics from joy to heartache, there is an underlying positivity to this record which is charming. The album's first song is "Daydream," a sweet, nostalgic trip down memory lane which opens the album with a genuine sense of optimism, and reminds me somewhat of Boston. Uplifting and well produced, the song's likable pop melody gets the record off to a good start.
The pace picks up a bit on "Little Miss Understood," a jangly foot-tapper with good riffs. More solid rock tunes follow, like "Out Of The Blue" and "Brain Freeze," which highlight Brewer's skill as a talented guitar player. He has a knack for producing raucously catchy riffs, and I'd love to hear more tracks like this from him.
But Brewer has a softer side too, which he shows on several ballads. The melancholy "Miss You Now" is a touching, piano-driven piece that muses sadly on the loss of a loved one, while "All For Love" narrates the disintegration of a relationship. But the album ends on a happy note with the album's title track. A sweet love song that features some lovely classical guitar, Brewer pours out his heart with a sincerity that is apparent throughout the entire album.
Stylistically, Brewer incorporates a lot of influences, from soaring pop to rowdy rock riffs, with a little folky twang thrown in for good measure. His music is appealing not only because of his skill as a songwriter, but because of the sincerity with which he delivers his material. The core of Lucky Ever After is as sunny as its title: not a cloying, fake sentiment, but true optimism, through struggles and heartache. It is truly a feelgood record – and that's something we surely need more of these days.
Artist Website: http://www.larrybrewer.biz
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