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Scary, Bryan - 2006 The Shredding Tears

ARTIST: Scary, Bryan
ALBUM: The Shredding Tears
LABEL: Black & Green Records
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Bryan Scary - vocals, keyboards * Michael Acreman - drums, vocals * Graham Norwood - guitars, vocals * David Ostrem - bass, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 A Stab At The Sun * 02 The Lessons I Learned * 03 Operaland * 04 The Ceiling On The Wall * 05 Macedonia Hotel * 06 The Little Engine Who Couldn't (Think Straight) * 07 The Up And Over Stairwell * 08 Shedding Tears (All Over The Place) * 09 Mrs. Gracy's Revenge! *10 The Bloodclub * 11 Misery Loves Company * 12 The Bottom Of The Grave * 13 Desdemona's Leaving Town * 14 The Tumbling Of Marguerite/Hold On George * 15 Riding The Shadow



The pop music scene has been an easy target in the last few years hasn't it? With an industry in shambles and doing nothing to help itself by promoting quality music and musicians while complaining endlessly about lost revenue and whose fault it is; in many cases pointing the finger at real music fans, it's easy to forget there really is creative and intelligent music still being made. Of course you have to dig around a bit (okay, quite a bit!), but the treasures are out there including this gem by 23 year old Bryan Scary. Originally from Chicago, Scary now calls Brooklyn, New York home with a background in film production under his belt. I have to say if his visual art is anything like his music, I'll give him two thumbs up as Bryan's first release 'The Shredding Tears' is one of the most original and impressive new albums I have heard in quite a while.

The Songs
Let's be clear, you can't pigeonhole Bryan Scary. He seems to have completely bypassed the 90's as if Grunge and Hip-Hop never happened. Don't get me wrong, this is a good thing; it's just a surprise to hear someone his age writing in a style that harkens back to the glory days of creative pop song craft and pulling it off with aplomb. ELO, Klaatu, Squeeze, Stackridge, early Genesis and of course the obligatory Beatles comparisons are easy to spot on these fifteen pocket symphonies that are truly a delight to the ears, but Scary adds his own clever personality into each track. You know you heard it somewhere else before, but he does it so well, you just don't care and hang on for the ride! Hard to pick a favorite, since all of them are marvelous really, but I am partial to 'A Stab at the Stun' which takes 'Trick Of Tail' era Genesis, updates, twists and flips it into something fresh, wonderfully melodic and highly original.

In Summary
CDBaby has 'The Shredding Tears' available with some lengthy sound samples, but in my opinion you really can't gauge the songs very well using this tool when it comes to Bryan Scary's music. His songs need to be heard in their entirety to get a full appreciation of the music's depth and invention, so do yourself a favor and put down a few bucks for what is easily one of the best new releases you will hear all year.

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