Saturday, September 16, 2017

John Brownlow - The Summertime

John Brownlow - The Summertime 

There’s a real sense of cathartic musical independence here via this latest work from this Ontario based musical act and screenwriter John Brownlow. 
While everything on his latest work entitled “The Summertime” is, shall I say, exceptionally entertaining, and it also manages to cover a pretty wide range of musical styles as well. A few tracks notably stand out for me in particular. “Kingdom Come” and “Sunshine On The Radio” are 2 strong songs that deliver pure grooved magic and an impressive vocal tandem. While the movement presents dynamic beats, hooky horns, smooth Guitar lines, classic driven vocals and lyrics that let it all hang out. Despite this somehow the music has a more of an organic feel as the CD hits solid stride.  
This album serves as a great example of a musical genius who isn't afraid to take any risks and grow as a musician. The musicianship is very commanding and fully entertaining, as former Spice Girl and current AGT judge Mel B would say – off the chain. The vocals and lyrics: equally as clairvoyant and fascinating. Brownlow really draws you in. Another highlight for me is “Radiation” and “The Pink Raincoat” which to me exemplifies Brownlow core sound to the hilt. The more I listened to Brownlow, the more interested I became. As I mentioned earlier, he's not afraid of playing with other styles and genres and even though the Britpop seems to feel more comfortable around this particular realm of music, he also proves he can dig into Jazz, Country and Post-punk with the same ease. Something not all musical acts and bands can achieve.

The Summertime by John Brownlow offers a mix of music and emotions that bursts to life via a bittersweet voice which ties it all together. Brownlow demonstrates his individual musical talent and abilities without being to over the top about it all. I get the impression he fun to see in a live setting. So are you thinking what I’m thinking? Somehow all the above is not compatible with the superficial musical times we live in. John Brownlow is well-suited for audiences that enjoy this flash back style of music that simply refuses to die.  

Brittany May

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