Brett Dennen’s “Hope for the Hopeless” (2008) – Yes, No, or Maybe So

Originally posted 2010-03-03 17:01:37. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Brett Dennen’s Hope for the Hopeless (2008) – YES

Brett Dennen's

Brett Dennen's "Hope for the Hopeless" (2008)

Review:

Sounding like the best parts of Jack Johnson and Gavin DeGraw rolled into one – with a Dylan-esque vocal flair here and there – Brett Dennen’s Hope for the Hopeless is the great album of 2008 that I missed; I love Johnson and Jakob Dylan, but this acoustic rock album blows Sleep Through the Static and Seeing Things away! (…a conclusion supported by the fact that the always frustrating Rolling Stone reviewers barely acknowledged this great release with three stars and a lukewarm paragraph of backhanded compliments.)

Top Two Tracks:

“Heaven” & “San Francisco”

Philip Selway’s “Familial” (2010) – YES, NO, or MAYBE SO

Originally posted 2010-12-21 10:30:12. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Philip Selway’s Familial (2010) – MAYBE

Familial (Philip Selway, 2010)

Familial (Philip Selway, 2010)

(August 30, 2010)
 
Review:

There is a great deal of potential in these ten hauntingly emotive debut tracks, but Selway simply doesn’t make good on the promise their beautiful sublety suggests.

Top Two Tracks:

“By Some Miracle” & “Falling”

Bob Dylan’s “Bob Dylan” (1962) – Yes, No, or Maybe So

Originally posted 2010-05-03 22:30:24. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bob Dylan’s Bob Dylan (1962) – MAYBE

Bob Dylan's self-titled debut (1962)

Bob Dylan's self-titled debut (1962

(March 19, 1962)

Review:

It is difficult to imagine a time when Bob Dylan was not revered as a songwriter, but here is one of the true documents of that time; it is an album that exemplifies young Dylan’s early sound, as he experimented with his influences on some of his first cover song recordings  and presented the first two originals he committed to an album (the early, touching gem “Song to Woody” and the raw, poetically humorous “Talkin’ New York”).

Top Two Tracks:

“Song to Woody” & “House of the Risin’ Sun”

STP’s “Stone Temple Pilots” (2010) – Yes, No, or Maybe So

Originally posted 2010-05-31 23:45:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

STP’s Stone Temple Pilots (2010) – MAYBE

STP's "Stone Temple Pilots" (2010)

STP's "Stone Temple Pilots" (2010)

(May 25, 2010)

Review:

This time around, Stone Temple Pilots have gone for the obvious with the album title yet have taken a surprising turn toward the realm of power pop; the first half is populated by dumb but fun rockers, being the rare case where the real gems are sprinkled through the second half.

Top Two Tracks:

“Cinnamon” & “First Kiss on Mars”