Theme Switcher
Switch to:


Join us over at the Facebook replacement Join up and become part of 2018's great migration off of Facebook.


Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6679
Comments: 16714
Ratings: 4967
Forum Posts: 22735
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 2017 Articles » Gardner, Hirsh - 2017 My Brain Needs A Holiday
Gardner, Hirsh - 2017 My Brain Needs A Holiday

ARTIST: Gardner, Hirsh
ALBUM: My Brain Needs A Holiday
LABEL: Escapa Music
YEAR: 2017

LINEUP: Hirsh Gardner -álead & backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards * Jimmy Waldo -ákeyboards, backing vocals * Joe Feloni, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Jodee Frawlee, Joel Burns, Jon Butcher, Richie Ranno, J Rushwell - guitars * Joe Mudarri, Steve Baxter - bass * Gary Smith - keyboards

CD1: My Brain Needs A Holiday:
01 Lost In The Darkness Tonight * 02 My Brain Needs A Holiday * 03 Git It Back * 04 Love Is * 05 Do Me Do Me * 06 If You Need T'Talk * 07 Diamond Moon * 08 Shadows * 09 Sister Jane * 10 Whiter Shade Of Pale

CD2: Wasteland For Broken Hearts (remastered 2017) bonus CD:
01 Wasteland For Broken Hearts * 02 Don't You Steal * 03 She Is Love * 04 Thunder In Her Heart * 05 Bad Cowboy * 06 When The Sky Cries * 07 Your Love * 08 Hold You In My Dreams * 09 Never Love * 10 Welcome Home * 11 More Than You'll Ever Know * 12 Welcome Home (Reprise)

WEBLINKS: | Hirsh Gardner FB Page

Anyone who has a passing interest in Glory Daze Music, knows that I adore New England, so in lieu of any new material from said band what better than a solo album from one of the guys? Hirsh Gardner is probably the most instantly recognisable member of the band, mainly due in part to the spectacular hair that he has sported throughout the years.. but I digress. Hirsh is not only the drummer in New England, but a multi-instrumentalist and producer of some note (Shy Boy, Vice etc) and one hell of a vocalist. This, his second solo album is one that he's worked patiently on through the years along with a veritable who's who of the American rock scene and he has come up with a quite startling set of songs with some surprises along the way. (Note; this review is based on the European Escape Music release that includes Hirsh's first solo album which has been newly remastered)

The Songs
'My Brain...' features 10 tracks that demonstrate the sheer versatility of Hirsh with a carefully assembled set that encompass a number of musical styles, yes of course there are nods to New England but in fairness they are few and far between. The title track offers up a surprise with a style far removed from the New England sound but it's all the better for it too, and we have the funky 'Git it Back' which is a real 'left field' number, this is Hirsh out of his 'comfort zone', and it's great. ĹDo Me, Do Me' and 'If you t'talk' are both taut rockers with the former having it's tongue firmly in its cheek. ĹLove is' and 'Diamond Moon' are both closer to the New England sound and see Hirsh sounding as good as ever. The two cover versions that close the album are also eye openers 'Sister Jane' being an obscure cover from French Prog Rockers Ta´ Phong and the latter a well worked version of the Procol Harum classic 'Whiter Shade of Pale'. The supporting musicians all do a fine job of fleshing out Hirsh's songs and as always it's beautifully produced and arranged.

In Summary
I've had the privilege of hearing most of these tracks whilst they were being worked on, and most (if not all) have gone through many changes, but the finished product is one that Hirsh can be rightfully proud of, as it shows him to still be at the very top of his game, and not afraid to take chances. This album is a must for all New England fans, but also has enough to interest the wider rock audience, and with the added bonus of a remastered version of his first solo album ('Wasteland for Broken Hearts') what's not to like about the whole thing? Essential.

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | Eric on August 20 2017 21:56:49
Tai Phong cover? Didn't see that coming.....clap
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 100% [1 Vote]
90% 90% 0% [No Votes]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 0% [No Votes]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Shadowman - 2017 Secrets And Lies, Queen - 1980 The Game, Kiss - 1977 Alive II, Roxus - 1991 Nightstreet, Native Window - 2009 Native Window, Halestorm - 2009 Halestorm, Curry, Tim - 1979 Fearless, Molly Hatchet - 1985 Double Trouble Live, While Heaven Wept - 2003 Of Empires Forlorn, Ladder, The - 1986 The Ladder, Queensr├┐che - 1986 Rage For Order, Lotus - 2000 Complete Fruitage, Baal - 1996 Sensorama, Aquila - 2002 Say Yeah, Red Rider - 1984 Breaking Curfew
UFO Ram Jam Rock Candy Records S.S Fools Black Majesty Manfred Mann Earth Band Harlan Cage Molly Hatchet Great White Five Fifteen Babe Blu Iron Butterfly John Taglieri Helloween Roland Grapow Stormzone Horizon (France) Venus & Mars Sayit Blue Oyster Cult Gerry Rafferty Rogue Male Angela And The Rude Virgin Steele Driver (Canada) EP The Machine Wounded Bird Joe Lynn Turner Stryper Vomitron Thinkman Secret Sphere Riot
All Tags