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Brett Dennen, Brett DennenAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 12, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,023 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Surprise, Surprise
2. Dancing at a Funeral
3. Comeback Kid (That's My Dog)
4. Frozen In Slow Motion
5. Sydney (I'll Come Running)
6. Make You Fall In Love With Me
7. Only Rain
8. Can't Stop Thinking
9. Must Be Losing My Mind
10. Song For Leaving
11. Queen of the Westside
12. Little Cosmic Girl
13. Walk Away, Watch Me Burn

Editorial Reviews

With three critically acclaimed albums behind him, Brett Dennen has been firmly established as a definitive voice in modern songwriting. He's been called a "folk-rock revelation" by the Washington Post and a Top 10 Artist to Watch by Rolling Stone. His songs have appeared in some of the most artfully soundtracked TV shows such as Scrubs, Grey's Anatomy, Parenthood, Brothers & Sisters, and House among others. Loverboy is his strongest and most sincere album to date. Its songs are a celebration of life that resonate and inspire; this is the album that will define Dennen's career.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Brett says it himself: "This album is about having fun and letting go." It's upbeat, but with enough smarts to not be overly sugary pop. It's not the "social commentary Brett", it's a melange of funky, poppy, funny, living-life Brett.

If you don't come with any pre-conceptions or expectations and just listen, you will tap your toes and bob your head. Isn't that what we all need sometimes?
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but for the better. April 12, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Brett Dennen's music changes from album-to-album, because he changes from album-to-album. If you've seen him live more than once, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about; every time he comes around, he's digging on something new and singing in new pitches and rhythms.

Loverboy is dance rock. I'm loving it. I'm playing it in the office and can hear everyone tapping their toes.

I can't wait to see him in Boston this year, so I can dance with my girlfriend to his new music.

Brett, you're the man!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Happy Simple Surf-Rock February 20, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
In this Summertime surf-rock album Loverboy, Brett Dennen switches his distinct acoustic set for a trite full band. His voice isn't quite as clear or strong as Jason Mraz or Jack Johnson, but he still has the soul and cheery twang to lift your mood. All the staples of the genre are hear, switching from organ to George-Harrison electric guitar to ukelele. Single Comeback Kid has the spunk of an underdog team scoring run after run in a climax victory scene. But the entire album settles too easily, breaking no new ground, establishing no higher expertise.

Considering he's worked with Afrobeat legends Femi Kuti and is currently touring with Rodrigo y Gabriella (and C.U.B.A.), Brett Dennen has it in him to create truly engrossing world rock. As it is, Brett Dennen covers international ground in delivering familiar pleasantries.

Still, If I was a girl, I'd want to be his girlfriend because his simple love songs, most notably Can't Stop Thinking, convey so much worldly experience and base feeling. You can't help but returning his love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic album by an incredible singer/song writer August 24, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am a newcomer to the world of Brett Dennen. I love his music and can't wait to hear more. I'm very excited that he has a new album being released this fall. I am now a loyal Brett Dennen fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brett Dennen August 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brilliant stuff. I mostly get my music for free but Brett Dennen was definitely worth buying. You should also buy the CD "so much more"
Also look up Mumford and Sons and The Shins. My Favorite Brett Dennen son is Ain't No Reason on his "So Much More" album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Months in, still can't get enough July 14, 2011
By Mike
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
My first review, since this album compelled me to write about it.

Upon first listen, I didn't know what to make of this album. I have all of Brett's CDs after falling in love with Hope for the Hopeless. While, this album is very different than the rest, I absolutely love it, and can listen to it over. It's nearly perfect adult/alternative/pop/folk with a touch of ska/funk.

Surprise, Surprise - the closest to the "old" Brett. A bit introspective, yet still melodic and somewhat upbeat.

Dancing at a Funeral - not one of favorites, but a cute song with a cute message during a bad time

Comeback Kid - A catchy little ditty

Frozen in Slow Motion - the best slow song on the album.

Sydney - No matter how many times I listen to this song, I still love it.

Make You Fall in Love With Me - Instantly puts you in a good mood and makes you want to dance.

Must be Losing My Mind - Great funky beat and lyrics

Don't have time to go on. But if you're in the mood to party, smile, listen to upbeat fun music, this CD is the best... especially for summer It reminds me of a mix of Paul Simon, Matthew Sweet, No Doubt/Sublime, and others throughout.. all and all being Brett Dennen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun pop May 23, 2011
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I picked this up because of the Sydney (I'll Come Running) tune. And while there are a few clunkers, if you like that tune, you'll like the rest. He's got an awesome way with lyrics and is able to string words together so they tell a very tuneful story. I picked up the vinyl version and it came the MP3 download card so I got one of the bonus tracks out there. The vinyl sounds crisp and clear. One of the best sounding pieces of wax I've heard all year.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly falls short of expectations May 14, 2011
By Johnboy
Format:Audio CD
I have to say I was really looking forward to this album and the fact that it is almost three years since 2008's "Hope For the Hopeless" only raised my expectations. In 2007 Dennen was named by Rolling Stone magazine as an "Artist to Watch" and in 2008, Entertainment Weekly called him one of its eight "Guys on the Rise" and certainly the "Hope..." album confirmed that he certainly had talent and promise.
So why is "Loverboy" such a disappointing album? Were my expectations too high, or was Dennen over-hyped to the point where he was destined to fail? There are certainly some bright, poppy songs on the first half of this album, so much so that it sounds like he's been listening to the back catalogues of Van Morrison and Paul Simon. That said, he's certainly not in the same league as those two and I'm afraid that the initial charm of "Sydney", "Comeback Kid" or "Surprise, Surprise" fades very quickly due to lack of real substance.
What made "Hope..." such a promising album is sadly lacking here and it sounds as if Dennen is really trying too hard. The confident narrative of "San Francisco", the beautiful, understated "Heaven" and the pained determination of "Ain't Gonna Lose You" all but seem to have disappeared. And if anyone tries to tell me that "Queen of The Westside" is experimental, I'll give up on all this new music and go back to my King Crimson vinyl.
I'm not saying this is a bad album, because it's not, it just fails to progress or deliver on so many points. If you're new to Brett Dennen I'd suggest you give this a miss and start with his previous album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars didn't like it at first
I bought the cd for one song the back up kid from the t.v. show about a boy. It took me awhile to start to like the other songs.
Published 1 month ago by Dennis Deere
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just discovered this great singer. He is so genuine in his words/music -- it never fails to touch me.
Published 3 months ago by dsAustin
5.0 out of 5 stars There goes my hero!
I was lying on the bathroom floor and just when I thought I couldn't take anymore along came Brett and cheered me up like you wouldn't believe. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stripper
5.0 out of 5 stars Brett is the man!
There's not a bad song on the set - and several GREAT songs. Catchy pop tunes, insightful heart break songs as well as social commentary. Writes it - sings it - plays it.
Published 12 months ago by Patrick K. Mahoney
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh new sound
He has a beautiful way with words, I love every son on the CD. He tells stories of life's human experiences in a new and refreshing way.
Published 15 months ago by V. J. Fauntleroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Pure music bliss. Brett Dennen knows how to make a great album. If you buy this you will not be disappointed.
Published 17 months ago by Nick kirkman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great great album.
Saw Mr. Dennen on Mountain Stage and ordered CD for a friend. Kid opened it, I kept it and ordered more. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Lover101
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I have a few of Brett Dennen's other albums and really like them. I heard "Sydney " from this album and loved it so much that I decided to download Loverboy. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Maria H
1.0 out of 5 stars Brett Dennen
This dude's music plays at my work all the time - Muzak must be financially involved in his career in some fashion. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Scott A. Westra
4.0 out of 5 stars Bettter then the Samples !
Well i read that this cd was rated pretty high so checked out the samples i was not that Crazy about what i heard. Read more
Published on September 25, 2012 by BOATS99
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