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The Day Is Brave

3 Ratings: 2.3
An album by Brendan James

Though James was always told he had a powerful voice, he didn't begin writing songs until his sophomore year at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. While at home in Derry on Christmas break, James was approached by a local music teacher, Kevin … see full wiki

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3 reviews about The Day Is Brave
review by . October 17, 2008
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This Album by Brendan James is definitely missing something. His voice is distinctive... and actually reminds me a bit of Tracy Chapman's. But listening to these songs, I get a sense that they just lack any feeling... along with the singer's voice. He sounds very robotic and lacks a warmth that is crucial to this musical genre. I find myself "zoning" out and feeling like a "zombie" when I try to listen to this album because it doesn't instill any kind of emotion or feeling in me. I think a lot of …
review by . July 30, 2008
Brendan James "the Day is Brave" shows off his poetic lyrical talent and likeable voice, yet is musically somewhat dreary. He sounds to me like a depressed James Blunt, and even the songs toward the later half of the disc that are more upbeat don't generate much melody or engagement. With the lyrical skills present on this album I see significant potential for James. I found Hero's Song to be a thoughtful ode to America's misled soldiers, and if James can add more melody and a fuller production …
review by . July 24, 2008
Generally speaking, I approach commercially produced music the way I approach people: slowly, warily, suspiciously. In today's marketing environment, it has become the norm for record producers to offer one or two great songs on a CD, then fill the remainder of the tracks with mediocrity, holding back other great songs in anticipation of the next CD release. Not so on Brendan James' The Day is Brave. I ordered the CD based on the tiny samples offered here. When I got it, I listened to--and loved--every …
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Label: Decca U.S.
Artist: Brendan James
Release Date: June 3, 2008

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