Enigmatic. Skillful. Clever. Very Clever. These are the words
I would gladly throw you about Brandon Patton. I put this
cd in, not expecting much, but liking the artwork. I was hooked
from the first note of guitar and the first breathless "Help
" From the sounds of it, Mr. Patton has been at
this game for a long time, making music on his guitar and playing
it for people who enjoy those witty little songs based on miniscule
observations of the world around us. Not always a big fan of that
when it is unskillfully done, I will most readily accept being referred
to now as a fan of Brandon Patton's music.
The songs on Should Confusion cover quite a bit of ground.
There is the heartbreakingly lonely lilting of "Counting The
Paces" to begin the album in an almost metaphysical state of
euphoria. Then the music rushes straight into a pulsing rhythm on
"What's the Worst That Could Happen". This song makes
the whole album worth the time, fusing its very Foo Fighters'
screaming chorus and wonderfully produced guitars with the energy
of Ned's Atomic Dustbin. Amazing! "Mo Song" follows
this up in a very abstract pop-sensible Finn Brothers' (That's
Neil and Tim) fashion; think complex vocal harmonies
and captivating musical arrangements.
I could go on, telling you bits and pieces of each song and how
they make me feel, or what they remind me of
And my girlfriend
would tell you that the lyrics remind her very much of Dynamite
Hack, although the music does not. I can't say on that. But
what I can say is that this collection of songs is an absolute must
for fans of well written acoustic guitar based songs
say Paul Simon with any basis of absolution, but I would
say that Brandon Patton tells greatly involved stories like that
well-known mighty mite of the songwriting world.
Don't forget to check out Brandon's website at www.brandonpatton.com
for news on his current activities. Hopefully he'll be visiting
your town and mine soon.
1. Counting The Paces
2. What's The Worst That Can Happen
3. Mo Song
4. Thirty-One Hundred Miles
5. Did That All Before
6. Auspicious Moment
7. Everybody Loves You Now
8. The Good Life
9. Someday When We're Old
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