Album Review by: elfslut
The Circle's Not Broken
The first thing that stood out to me when I saw this band was their name. Could they possibly have taken it from one of my favorite Elvis Costello songs? Perhaps one day I'll find out? Then I listened to Distant Drumming. What a fantastic album, that is full of songwriting a'la The Beatles, Crowded House, Elvis Costello. Yes, this band knows how to write a good catchy song.
The songs range from the country/folk like Wake Up Your Heart that would make the likes of Neil Young and Graham Nash jealous, to the pop rock Time In The Night that is very like Squeeze.
It's obvious that these guys draw their inspiration from Britain's great songwriters, like Tilbrook, Costello, Lowe and of course the Fab Four. Let's Pretend has all the infectious fun of 60s pop music. The Circle's Not Broken will get you up on your feet and bopping around, because you just can't help it. Monday Morning (Sky Above You) is another fun track. And when the songs slow down like Becoming or Water Falling Down, you'll want to grab the nearest member of the opposite sex or erm...yeah...you'll want to grab someone to sway with.
There aren't many bands out there that craft good pop music. No, not the pop music you hear on the radio now. Pop music that has real lyrics, a good beat and awesome vocals that make you sing along. Right now, Fountains of Wayne is one of the few bands that make great pop music. Add The Brilliant Mistakes to that list.
From start to finish Distant Drumming is an enjoyable listen. This is an album to pull out when you need a pick-me-up or when you want to take a drive with the windows down. You can't help but play it over and over.
The stars have definitely aligned for The Brilliant Mistakes with this album. This is a record not to be missed, by a band with a name I can't help but love.
"It was a fine idea at the time
Now its a brilliant mistake"
This reviewer sincerely hopes these talented guys took their name from Elvis' song. If so they get double chocolate chip brownie points from me!
Sounds Like: The Beatles, The Byrds
Website: Official Site
Buy: CD Baby
Label: Aunt Mimi's