Cary Brothers – Under Control
April 6, 2010
With his first full-length, “Who You Are”, Cary Brothers already showed he’s more than just another talented singer-songwriter. He is creative in his songwriting and isn’t afraid to try out things.
On “Under Control” he continues this approach, yet the album is more organic and has a more direct feel to it. The songs feel very personal at times and Brothers’ strong vocal performance is the centerpiece of this new album.
Combine this with his interesting songwriting and overall convincing delivery and you have an album that deserves a lot of attention. And just like before, I’m sure it will be getting many positive reviews and critical acclaim among music professionals and musicians. But this time I think the album has a good shot at crossing over to draw in a more mainstream audience.
Brothers is very active in online promotion and reaching out to fans personally. And with this tenacity and personal approach he ensures that the fans he is gaining are true fans, and most likely fans for life. And a group of loyal fans is worth something.
But to get back to the music. Cary Brothers brings us intriguing, personal and sometimes even a little mysterious songs that should be heard. Songs like the lead single Ghost Town, Break Off The Bough and Over & Out are very catchy and have tremendous radio potential. Melodically the songs are absolutely among the top tracks in the alternative singer-songwriter genre of the moment. And because Brothers delivers the songs with a lot of power and vocal control, there is nothing that should stop this album from reaching out to many new fans. More sentimental songs like After The Fall, Belong and album closer Can’t Take My Eyes Off You are very strong also and show a more gentle side of this talented musician.
I would probably point out Break Off The Bough, Over & Out, Alien and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You as the album’s key tracks but I find myself listening to this album straight through. And often I find out something new about a song when I listen to it again. In many aspects that may be the strongest feature of the album. The songs stay fresh and exciting. It doesn’t seem to get old fast. The songs are strong, the order on the album is very much in balance and the album stays interesting to listen to.
I will be seeing mr. Brothers play live in the near future and I am quite excited to hear live renditions of these new songs. Because not only do these songs have a strong sense of connection, and not only are they fit to seep into the mainstream airwaves, they also hold potential to be excellent live songs. Hats off to you, mr. Brothers!