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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 - lead & backing vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards * Jimmy Waldo - keyboards, 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: www.hirshgardner.com | 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. ‘Do Me, Do Me' and 'If you t'talk' are both taut rockers with the former having it's tongue firmly in its cheek. ‘Love 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 Taï 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.

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#1 | Eric on August 20 2017 21:56:49
Tai Phong cover? Didn't see that coming.....clap
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