Wednesday, August 4, 2010

CD Review: Brad Looks To Make "Best Friends"

Brad (Shawn Smith, Stone Gossard, Regan Hagar, Mike Berg) are finally releasing their long awaited fourth album "Best Friends?" on August 10. The album was recorded back in 2000 and will be released on Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records.

Even though the songs are almost 10 years old, they still hold up to today's musical standards. The piano driven opener "Price Of Love" shows a maturity to the band's song-writing. Shawn Smith shines with his multi-layered vocals. The band seems relaxed on this new album and it radiates in the first single "Believe In Yourself." The song "Rush Hour" sounds like it could have been included on Pearl Jam's "Binaural" album. Gossard's guitars and Smith's vocals mesh well, not intruding on each other's talents. The acoustic guitar and piano along with Smith's vocals on "One Love Remaining" are just so good, you'd wish the song kept going past its five minute mark. The band does pick-up the tempo with the help of drummer Regan Hagar on "Low," a Black Crowes-type southern rocker. Brad shows us their musical stylings with the lounge-feel "Luxury Car" and the acoustic folk of "Bless Me Father" before ending with the pop-rock sounds of "Holiday" and "Runnin' For Cover."

Brad' new album "Best Friends?" will be available through independent retailers and through Pearl Jam's Ten Club. For more information, please visit www.bradcorporation.com.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The acoustic guitar and piano along with Smith's vocals on "One Love Remaining" are just so good, you'd wish the song kept going past its five minute mark.

Kevin Wood played guitar on that track!