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Artist: Peter Bruntnell Album: Retrospective Bitrate: 238kbps avg Quality: EAC Secure Mode / LAME 3.98.4 / -V0 / 44.100Khz Label: Loose Music Genre: Rock Size: 137.50 megs PlayTime: 1h 16min 04sec total Rip Date: 2013-06-22 Store Date: 2013-06-21 Track List: -------- 01. I Want You 4:57 02. Bent Out Of Shape 3:38 03. Have You Seen That Girl Again 4:09 04. 25 Reasons 4:56 05. Shot From A Spring 5:07 06. Handful Of Stars 4:28 07. Here Come The Swells 4:54 08. Black Aces 3:32 09. City Star 3:58 10. By The Time My Head Gets To 4:24 Phoenix (Acoustic) 11. Little Lorelei 3:42 12. K2 5:53 13. Cold Water Swimmer 6:42 14. Domestico 4:09 15. Bruise On The Sky 4:12 16. Ghost Dog 3:41 17. Played Out (2013 Version feat. 3:42 Rumer) Release Notes: -------- So here it is - the story so far. A singer/songwriter lauded by his peers and cited by such publications as the NME as sufficiently important as to being required to be taught in schools. However the NME heyday as as important indicators of talent and importance are long gone; it now being staffed by stringers and a passionless ner do wells. We shall see for ourselves The album is in chronological order and takes the listener on a trip that illustrates BruntnellÆs development as a songwriter as well as an arranger and performer. The early stuff from æCannibalÆ and æCamelot and SmithereensÆ is hard to date and hard to classify although the cracked vocal is mixed low but still to the fore. The arrangement on æ25 ReasonsÆ owes much to Jack NietzcheÆs work for the Buffalo Springfield with its dreamy and somnambulant quality. The seeds had been sown. The Rykodisc contributions from æNormal for BridgewaterÆ move Bruntnell forward, positing the theory that although a songwriter he is also a singer and band leader carving out big sounds fit for arenas. æShot from a SpringÆ has all the pedigree of a show stopper and indeed when performed with a full band can bring the house down as the guitars drift and yearn through the melodies. The Loose years begin with BruntnellÆs very own æPowderfingerÆ - æHere Come the SwellsÆ a swaggering slice of American rock anglicised by the understated vocal delivery yet still a towering, melancholy masterpiece with its cushion of guitars and punchy harmonies. These are all deeply commercial songs that hold onto their honesty and truth through careful production and a great sense artistry. The joy to be had listening to the Bruntnell/ James WalbourneÆs acoustic duet of æBy The Time My Head Gets To PhoenixÆ does not diminish - two guys , guitars, great song and sumptuous vocals. WhatÆs not to like?? By the time we reach the tracks from the album Ghost in a Spitfire there is a sense of both artist and label reaching for the commercial breakthrough. These are massive songs and designed to be heard by the masses. Then frustration or restlessness leads to a left turn which produces the wonderful and shapeshifting songs from æPeter and a Murder of CrowsÆ - æCold Water SwimmerÆ and æDomesticoÆ . The songs have a playfulness and heft that exists within the swirling drones and Traffic like pastoralism. Still the cracked clear vocals and excellent production but a road less travelled, the harmonium, the cellos and the hushed drums belying the beauty and bathos. Stunning stuff. æBlack Mountain UFOÆ provides the penultimate tracks - breezy Americana with a hint of English psychedelia although æGhost DogÆ owes as much to YoungÆs æSouthern ManÆ. We finish with the bid for a hit - an old track æPlayed OutÆ with added Rumer. ItÆs wonderful and her vocal fits like a glove . Unnecessary but a great collaboration and this reviewer for one hope it does the trick. And what would that trick be? Sufficient commercial success to enable Bruntnell to continue writing and performing without worrying about the next quid so he can add to his exquisite back catalogue or massive public acceptance leading to untold wealth and stadium tours and celebrity tie ins? I hope the former but if heÆs after the latter then he deserves that too. This is is a near perfect album spoilt only by a lack of certain other songs and its title. It should have been called be æAn introductionÆ or æ The songs you should know by nowÆ but what do I know. Top work!
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