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Briley, Martin - 2006 It Comes In Waves

ARTIST: Briley, Martin
ALBUM: It Comes In Waves
SERIAL: 0681-177
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Martin Briley - vocals, all instruments * Andy Marvel - drum programming * Dana Calitri - backing vocals * Jeff Franzel - piano * J.J. Appleton - guitar (Track 10)

TRACK LISTING: 01 It Comes In Waves * 02 Church Of Disney * 03 Big Sun * 04 I Don't Think She Misses Me At All * 05 Me And My Invisible Friend * 06 The Massage * 07 In The Dim Light Of A Brand New Day * 08 Invisible * 09 Pray For Rain * 10 That Song * 11 Fake Horizon



What hasn't this chap done in the music industry? I mean, he's done prog, he's done 70's pop, 80's pop even, but his main claim to fame (he would say anonymity) is as a songwriter to the stars. I won't name names, you can do your own Google search if you please, but sure as anything, Martin Briley must be doing something right if he gets nominated for Grammys and RIAA Awards (ooh.. RIAA.. the enemy.. lol!). Briley has been out of the spotlight since those heady days of his Mercury Records solo career. Anyone remember his hit single 'Salt In My Tears'? I think there is even a YouTube clip of it somewhere.. Reaching #15 on the Billboard charts, it seemed that Briley could become a major player in the singer/songwriter capacity. Goodness knows there were enough of them around in the early 80's - what were the record labels thinking? - one has to wonder..

The Songs
Briley's return to solo releases is his first for 21 years. A long time out of the groove, it's not as if he got bucked off the horse (don't talk to him about Mercury Records) and refused to get on again. Preoccupation has kept him busy elsewhere, but his newie 'It Comes In Waves' continues a tradition whereby melodic pop and West Coast rub shoulders comfortably. It's a breezy summer listen, but also doubles up nicely as a late-nite compendium, should a book be too demanding of your attention. In places it reminds me of Peter Mayer's work post PM, Martin Page plus Mark Spiro's latterday work. Highlights for me include the easy-on-the-ear 'I Don't Think She Misses Me At All', the sassy Zappacosta like 'The Massage' and the gentle acoustic wash of 'Pray For Rain'.

In Summary
Martin plays everything on the album, so again the comparison to Mark Spiro is an apt one. 'It Comes In Waves' probably doesn't contain the dynamics to convert hardened AORsters to mellow pop fans, but I know there are a raft of Briley fans around.. so this review is for them. Good to see him back on the scene. Well overdue.

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#1 | trillion1999 on November 01 2011 22:21:47
In the first decade of the 21st century I made one of my best bargains ever when I bought the CD Dangerous Moments for under 10 dollars.On it I found yet one more song that I love Ghosts.The whole CD was so good I want to hear everything by the guy.Thankfully there is a boxset and now this record.
#2 | Nick C on November 04 2011 07:46:53
Gosh is this 5 - nearly 6 years old already - great album hard for me to fault it. It's Jez who got me into this guy via the box set a few years earlier.
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