Russ Glenn â€“ A Brand New Earth / 2007 Self / 12 Tracks / http://www.russglenn.com /
If my math is right, this is Glennâ€™s fifth recording. Glenn started out with â€œStarshellâ€ and â€œEvergoldâ€, took the next step up for 2003â€™s â€œUnlessâ€, and continued to refine and innovate on 2006â€™s â€œLittle Birdâ€. In much the same way, Glenn has continued to evolve his unique brand of funk soul, and rock. The first track on â€œA Brand New Earthâ€ is â€œStickâ€, and it operates perfectly as a hold-over from the previous Glenn albums. However, it provides individuals with just enough in the way of new material to allow for a gradual shift in Glennâ€™s sound over the course of the following 11 tracks. Hints of John Maher, Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews all comes forth on this introductory track.
The production values present on â€œA Brand New Earthâ€ are stellar, at the degree that individuals should not be surprised if Glenn gets some airplay on mainstream radio in the next few months. Â Where the instrumentation on â€œStickâ€ are strong in their own right, it is really the vocal harmonies that Glenn achieves that shine brightest on this track. A dollop of emotional gravitas is present during â€œBlindâ€. This track links together the aforementioned Dave Matthews influence with â€œA Boy Named Gooâ€-era Goo Goo Dolls. The twinkling approach of the instrumentation during the track highlights Glennâ€™s vocals in all the right way, making another single-worthy track out of â€œBlindâ€. The third track on â€œA Brand New Earthâ€ is â€œCurbsideâ€, and the track is notable with the inclusion of jazz and funk into the sound achieved during â€œStickâ€ and â€œBlindâ€. Â The insertion of new styles and influences into â€œA Brand New Earthâ€ is exactly what is needed to keep individuals interested in Glennâ€™s output.
The follow-up track to â€œCurbsideâ€ keeps individuals interested. This track, â€œJane Saysâ€, is a cover of the Janeâ€™s Addiction classic, and showcases the ability of Glenn to come forth with a track that closely conforms to the style of the original but still brings enough in the way of Glennâ€™s soul to the track to succeed. Keep listening, for â€œGoodbyeâ€ may just be the pinnacle of the tracks on â€œA Brand New Earthâ€. This track shifts through styles and sounds enough to keep individuals interested, while allowing Glenn to take on some of the sound of the Barenaked Ladies. A fun, unique album that is still familiar enough for fans of all stripes to appreciate.
Top Tracks: Goodbye, Insecurity