Brian Gottesman : Pardon My Mess

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Sell date: 1/2007
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REVIEWS: The Boston Globe 'Warmly sophisticated songs... a revelation.' - Steve Morse, 3/23/01 'Here's an inspiring lesson for all of you musicians toiling away in Sisyphean fashion in jam bands. Brian Gottesman, who once played keyboards in the popular groove-funk outfit Chucklehead, escaped from the evil world of cats in oversized hats and feel-good party music, and lived to tell about it. Gottesman now fronts a band that bears his name, and the music is about as un-Chucklehead as you can get. His most recent long-player, 'Pardon My Mess,' is a charming collection of sophisticated tunes that is far more Elliott Smith than Dave Matthews. Let Gottesman's thoughtful tunes liberate you from tie-dye. Come out to the Middle East tonight and show your support for Gottesman's brave, artistically savvy liberation.' - Christopher Muther, 3/13/02 The Boston Herald Top Ten Independent Albums 2001 - 'While national recording artists of all stripes hog much of the coverage during the year, terrific local groups are slugging it out in the trenches here in Boston. Often those musicians are as good as, and sometimes better, than most of what's getting airplay, and they deserve recognition. Brian Gottesman, 'Pardon My Mess': A gifted crooner, Gottesman evokes everyone from Todd Rundgren to Matthew Sweet on this album of blue-mood ruminations.' - Sarah Rodman, 12/21/01 'The immensely gifted, golden-throated Brian Gottesman details the ways a heart can be broken on his excellent power pop-hard rock-funky backbeat solo debut 'Pardon My Mess'.' - Sarah Rodman, 8/30/01 Portland Press Herald 'Best CD I received in the mail in 2001' - Ben Monaghan - 1/2/02 'It was never clear to me why, at the height of their popularity, [Chucklehead] decided to pull the plug... With the recent release of former keyboardist and band founder Brian Gottesman's solo debut, 'Pardon My Mess', it is now becoming clear. There is a lot more to Gottesman's talent than Chucklehead would allow. Throwing off the fetters of being part of an act, Gottesman delves deep into his psyche, returning with soulful piano ballads and up-tempo, funky guitar-driven songs depicting his journey from painful loss to purpose regained. The territory is as old as the ages, but Gottesman's mature lyric-writing and sophisticated arrangements keep it from being too familiar. Gottesman has the unique distinction of reminding me of Joe Jackson. His voice, sense of composition and forceful honesty echo some of Jackson's finest work. Yet unlike other performers who bring certain artists to mind, the comparison seems more the result of similar musical backrounds than of imitation. Like Jackson, Gottesman was formally introduced to music at a young age, studying piano, learning classical and ragtime. Later he picked up the guitar and French horn, and, again like Jackson, took a long detour into dance-happy rhythms. They stray from one another when Gottesman lays down a fine country waltz like the title track, 'Pardon My Mess', or picks some funky riffs in burners like 'Nothing I Can Do', and again when he adds a carnival backbeat of horn and snare drum on 'Find Our Feet.' But overall, if you have been waiting for the musical continuation of Jackson's mid-80's work, here it is.' - Ben Monaghan, 8/16/01 StarPolish (website) [review of 3 mp3's: 'Nothing I Can Do', 'Into the Morning' & 'I'd Die'] 'His production is clean, his songs fresh and imaginative, his performance uncluttered by pretension. It adds up to a winning combination for Brian Gottesman, whose gift for deft lyrical twists ('Nobody's perfect, but nobody's you' ... 'high on daydream vapors' ... 'I don't care if the sidewalk trips my rhythm') is as satisfying as his ear for musical nuance. Gottesman acknowledges Ben Folds as an influence, and you can hear it in the paradoxical vocals -- deadpan, yet strangely touching, with fragile falsetto episodes -- and in his jazz-inflected chords, carefully assembled vintage keybord textures, tinny acoustic piano jabs, odd melodic peaks, and dark imagery. This is especially apparent on 'I'd Die,' in w

Nothing I Can Do
Days in Toledo
I'd Die
Bottom's Up
I Got Something
Into the Morning
The Ghost of Close Embrace
Pardon My Mess
Find Our Feet