Brandon Wilde : Songs From The Deep Sleep

CD [Cover Art for Brandon Wilde / Songs From The Deep Sleep] Your Price: $17.87
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Sell date: 1/2007
Label: CD Baby
Mfg's Catalog#: 5637232
CDC Part#: 494217
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 Notes & Reviews
Posted and reviewed by BenKrieger When Brandon Wilde was still running around in his overalls on Brooklyn playgrounds, he already had Sgt. Pepper engrained in his brain. With the exception of a few detours-most notably Radiohead Avenue-his new record, Songs From the Deep Sleep, is a perfect summation of love, loss, regret and resolutions to carry on, all wrapped in a childhood love for Paul McCartney. Wilde's talent is seasoned, well executed, thoroughly enjoyable, and leagues above the lion's share of the Williamsburg music scene. I listened to this record for weeks in my apartment, and more recently on a road-trip out to Ohio and on Thanksgiving Day while we were preparing our holiday dinner; it was perfect for all these occasions. I might not be able to compose a perfectly convincing review for you, but in my heart I cannot recommend this CD more highly. That is the easy part of the review. The trickier part is to try and explain why this record works so well. On paper, it shouldn't. There is no lyrical abrasiveness, unexpected twists of artistic adventurism (outside of a brilliant use of key modulation and some fantastic bridges), unusual instrumentation, quirky vocals...and in the past, I have made similar observations before subsequently trashing a record. Being active in the music scene, I get a chance to meet and befriend many of the artists whose records I review. 'Putting your best self into your music' is a phrase that gets tossed around a lot, and my complaint has always been that the qualities that artists choose to leave out of their work would often make it more interesting. Usually I make an observation about what is missing in a collection because I know for a fact that choices were made during the recording and sequencing process for purely commercial purposes. 'Change that swear word.' 'Leave this song off.' 'Put this song at the end of the CD so it won't scare off the listener.' I hate decisions like that...they should be made subconsciously as part of the songwriting process or they shouldn't be made at all. If you write a song, it (or a song like it) should be represented in the collection you present to the world. No such sacrifices have been made with this record; it goes down like a good Beatles iMix because that is who Brandon Wilde is. 'You can do what you want to do today' is a line from the opening track and it lays the groundwork for the rest of the record. Doing what you want to do is not as easy as it seems in the music industry. Songs From the Deep Sleep works because Wilde

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