By Jim Fusco:
Cory Brown is a songwriter with quite the pedigree. Growing up in California (my personal favorite breeding ground for musicians), he had his father Barry (of the 70s band Morning) to look up to while he learned to play guitar and write songs. Clearly, he picked something up from the genre of music that his father helped pioneer: the melodic tunes and soft-rock style is in great form on Cory’s 2012 debut album, “Days In A Life”. But, Cory’s music still sounds fresh and relevant today. His songwriting ability and style will fit well on any contemporary rock station.
This may be the debut album for Cory Brown as a solo artist, but he’s garnered some success already in his young career with a band called 7th Direction. Clearly, Cory’s first solo album allowed him to express himself more- the songs on “Days In A Life” are introspective and poignant. They’re the kind of songs that would only sound right on a solo record. It’s kind of like Brian Wilson when he made “Pet Sounds”- even members of the Beach Boys have said that “Pet Sounds” was essentially a Brian Wilson solo record. And they were correct- with the raw emotion and personal tales of longing, as in “Days In A Life”, it’s work that comes from the heart of only one person.
My favorite track on the album is “Her Eyes”. The guitar hook and the well-crafted unique harmonies on the chorus really make this a stand-out track. The track features just the right amount of that Crosby, Stills, and Nash semi-country-rock feel with the great guitar soloing throughout. The track just begs for multiple listens. I have a feeling I’ll be listening to “Her Eyes” for quite a while.
One theme I noticed throughout the whole album is the theme of traveling. In many tracks, from “Wingman”, “Grass on the Highway”, and “Lacy Ann”, Cory weaves in visions of traveling. He talks about driving across the country and even living life on “overdrive”. He asks various people not to leave him and travel away, but also talks about the youthful need to run away. As a songwriter myself who has gone through those same emotions early in life, I can definitely relate. And, with Cory’s God-given talents, his songs and subject matter will only get more complex and interesting as time goes on.