HomeMusicBrian Shapiro Band Releases Second Studio LP

Brian Shapiro Band Releases Second Studio LP


master mentalism tricks

It’s Amazing is the second studio album from the Brian Shapiro Band and a huge leap forward from their admittedly great debut. No one can ever accuse Shapiro and his cohorts of an one-note presentation as the songs on this release cover an impressive gamut of styles and textures in a relatively brief window. The band’s first album All That We See served notice that the Los Angeles-born and now Pennsylvania-based singer/songwriter isn’t content to play by the time-tested rules of songwriting and performance. These are unique songs without ever sounding wholly unrecognizable and it’s hard to shake hearing this album once you’ve heard it.

BANDCAMP: https://brianshapiroband.bandcamp.com/

If it’s your first exposure to Shapiro and his music, “Ambitigeddon” can be quite a surprise. The wiry, angular guitars, the herky-jerky nature of its tempos, and the slightly maniacal tinge to his singing aren’t ripped from How to Write to Alternative Rock 101. His outside the box take on the form will earn your respect, if not your love. He isn’t unable or afraid to travel more familiar ground, however, and “Am Now” proves it. It’s essentially a folk song, albeit slightly skewed, as the song’s measured tempo may throw listeners some. Some listeners may expect the song to veer in a different direction, but Shapiro largely obeys the same trajectory throughout.

“Go To” opens with St. Clair Simmons’ lonesome trombone and a near-walking bass accompanying it. It’s a little bit of sleight of hand, however, as the track transitions into a woozy barroom stagger taking listeners through the darkness of a dysfunctional relationship. It’s safe to say you’ve never heard this subject depicted in such a way. “More Memories” is another wide swing of the stylistic pendulum carrying listeners into probably the purest singer/songwriter territory on the collection. It’s reminiscent of Tom Waits, sans sandpaper vocals. It’s one of the best examples of songwriting you’ll find on the release and, possibly, Shapiro’s best work yet.

“LALA” works within an established tradition – social satire. The target is probably low hanging fruit, but there’s no question Shapiro realizes the song’s potential. It’s fresh despite that. One reason rating higher than others is Shapiro’s slightly off balance delivery. It provides an unusual spin on the customary lead vocal and he pours plenty of oomph into his voice. The self-scathing theatricality of “All of the Time” may turn off some listeners; there’s no use pretending that Shapiro’s music is for everyone. Others, however, might hear the exaggerated vocal delivery and iconoclastic musical backing as a well-crafted mask for the song’s withering personal take.

APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/brian-shapiro-band/1557934958

“Take-n-Make” pairs well with the album’s finale “Savor”. Shapiro claims distorted thinking as one of his primary themes but the last two tracks, as well as its predecessors, point towards larger concerns. There’s a great deal of reflection going on in his work about life’s connections and who benefits from them. “Take-n-Make” unfolds at a near-dreamlike pace quite unlike anything else on the album. It’s Amazing is a collection full of improbable riches well worth exploring.

Heather Savage  


trick photography
Advertisingfutmillion

Popular posts

Midnight Suns Delayed Out of October
They/Them review – Mistakes novelty for importance
John Travolta Pays Tribute to Olivia Newton-John After Grease Star
Twenty years on, Devdas is still a perfect Bollywood introduction
Kenan Thompson to Host 2022 Emmys
DOJ Addresses Raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Home — How
Sneak Peek at ‘Ghosts’ Season 2 Premiere Script
‘Romance in Style’: Jaicy Elliot on Ella’s Confidence
Bad Boy Chiller Crew Share Video for New Song “When
John Legend says he and Kanye West “haven’t been close”
Jennette McCurdy Recalls Being ‘Jealous’ of Ariana Grande: ‘I Made
Fans React to Slipknot’s Heavy Melodic Ballad ‘Yen’
Robert Pattinson is an Anti-style Icon
How Meghan Markle Celebrated Her 41st Birthday
Ganni and Levi’s Are Having a Garden Party and You’re
Jennifer Aniston and J
Save the World as We Know It in This Terrifying
Celebrating 7 Books By David McCullough
Six Books That Ask the Question: Can Evil Be Justified
How To Fake That You Read the Book Club Book
Competition limits the ranges of mountain birds
The urban beekeeping boom is hurting wild pollinator species
Loss of male sex chromosome leads to earlier death for
Half-blind Greenland shark possibly spotted in the Caribbean, thousands of
What You Need to Know About Crypto, NFT Laws in
Carbon Offsets Alone Won’t Make Flying Climate-Friendly
Don’t Call the New Federal Gun Law a Gun Law
Tesla Sales Fall as Firm Tackles Supply Chain Issues, Pandemic