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So Much More

Brett DennenAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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“It was time to get back to basics.” Brett Dennen says of his fifth record, Smoke & Mirrors, out October 22th, 2013. “I wanted to return to the folk and acoustic music I loved when I began writing. I decided to tap into my memories and explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could.”
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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone
  • ASIN: B000GY72WY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't No Reason
2. There Is So Much More
3. Darlin' Do Not Fear
4. Because You Are A Woman
5. She's Mine
6. The One Who Loves You The Most
7. I Asked When
8. When You Feel It
9. So Long Sweet Misery
10. Someday

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"A beautiful and spirited record. Instantly likeable." -- John Mayer

"He's timeless, he's probably twenty-five, but he seems like he's twenty five in 1972." -- Rolling Stone

"His music has a playfulness in its bounce while the lyrics ring with a truth beyond his years." -- Michael Franti

"I Asked When" is purely Dylan-esque in a 21st century "Masters of War" kind of way" -- American Songwriter

"So Much More is a joyous dance, deliciously steeped in hope, faith and unconditional love." -- KCRW

Product Description

Lush shimmering vocals, an intricately groovin' guitar style, and a lyrical beauty rare in a young writer, Dennen's folk nouveau style is one that sounds immediately familiar yet pleasantly unique. This California native continues to grow his fan base with a live show consisting of the honest songwriting of a Jack Johnson, the guitar work of a Paul Simon and the attention grabbing energy of a Ben Harper leaving all in his wake yearning for more.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLE TRUTHS March 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was reluctant initially to purchase this CD because I was somewhat disappointed by his first release which I considered only above average. However, after hearing his selection included on the Paste Music Sampler, as well as reading a positive and negative (from a true Bozette) Amazon review I decided to take a chance. I am very glad I did.

This is a rich, complex collection of songs that display the talents of a very intellegent and insightful songwriter. His voice is expressive and while it may lack some range, on this collection it exhibits subtle variations that work well with the individual songs. The arrangements are like fine art. They possess a mesmerizing musical diversity that keeps the CD fresh and distinct throughout. Whoever produced this album did a super job. The band is cohesive and displays great musicianship. This effort is really "So Much More". It is a true classic and I hope it provides Mr. Dennon with the appropriate recognition. I can not even come up with a few highlights since the whole collection is precious.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect; just great. May 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
okay, I read through all the other reviews here. And I agree with them. I'm adding my own just to add a little more mass to the average score, which I also agree with.

A.Butterfield's review is probably closest to my own impression, though I would spin it a bit more positively. Dennan's voice is unique and beautiful. It's somehow very young, mature, emotional, craggy, masculine and feminine at the same time. His songs are catchy, and the lyrics are very good. One can't deny that "Ain't No Reason","She's Mine", "There Is So Much More", and "Because You Are a Woman" are very good songs, some with exceptionally good lyrics. For example:

"Preachers on the podium speaking of saints/

Prophets on the sidewalk begging for change"

...come on, that's great!!! Not only is the second line a double-entendre (could be read as "beggars asking for money" or "spiritual leaders begging people to change their ways") he suggests in the wordplay that they are one and the same person in our culture, that as a culture we have thoughtlessly pushed our soul-searchers into the gutter. How many artists put that much sensitivity and polish into one line?

Still, I would agree with the negatives that Butterfield points out; yes, these songs do start sounding the same after awhile, especially if you are using it as "background music". His architecture is pretty formulaic: a double-long intro, a slightly more energetic refrain, two or three verses, and Paul-Simonesque guitar knitting it all together. The tempo and overall sound is the same for every song on the disk ("Because You Are A Woman" being the exception). Some of his lyrics are below average, too, especially towards the end of the album. And while I don't think his range is limited, I do think he's not using it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How comforting can it get January 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There is some music that can change the listener's mood and people would refer to it as good; Brett Dennen's music has the ability to change the way an individual views each new day and I would refer to it as great. The ease with which Dennen slips his inspiring lyrics into his music creates a great feeling of comfort. It has literally been years since I have heard a sound that is so fresh and I venture to say that Brett Dennen may be one of the best musicians I have ever heard in my life.

Dennen is truly the total package when it comes to the ultimate auditory experience. It is hard to put a finger on exactly what it is that makes his music head and shoulders above the onslaught of new artist but whatever it is, he has it. His music flows so well in each and every song; a perfect balance of an amazing voice, a sharp instrumental blend, and awe inspiring lyrics. While I probably don't have to say it at this point, I would strongly recommend any of Brett Dennen's work to anyone who appreciates great music for what it is. You won't hear it at your local dance club and it's perfect for those occasions when you want to forget about whatever it is that worries you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album of 2006 February 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first saw Brett open up for John Mayer in Atlanta. We were in an outdoor theater where you bring your own beverages and food. My group of friends and I were talking and drinking. Half way into his first song all of my friends got quiet and said this guy is pretty good. We were trying to figure out who he sounds like: Paul Simon? John Mayer? Well, we paid attention to the opening act and as soon as he finished I walked over to the merchandise booth and bought his CD - at full price! Then I went home and ordered his first CD on the internet. I absolutely love this CD! (The first one is decent) I listen to it all the time and have captivated many of my friends with it. I wish Brett the best for the future. I definitely want to hear more of him.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly is so much more November 26, 2006
By Ian
Format:Audio CD
When Brett came out with his first album, I thought to myself, "wow, i don't know how he's going to top this cd, every song on here is great". But when So Much More came out, it completely blew my mind away. I haven't heard anything so unique and powerful in my life. This is a MUST BUY
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars he is great January 19, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've been using the yahoo music service lately - once you've rated a bunch of stuff you can listen to what they call 'my station'. They pick a bunch of new songs based your ratings. The other day I heard dennen's ain't no reason on that and immediately downloaded the rest of the album. So much more is one of those rare albums where every song is worth listening to. He's got a smooth evocative soulful voice - it actually sounds kind of like billie holiday to me. Get this album! you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's a fountain flowing deep and wide
Brett takes on new horizons, new highs, new lows, and we are invited to come along...thank you, sweetie. It means so much more!
Published 3 months ago by Stripper
5.0 out of 5 stars bought as a gift
I bought this as gift for my coworker...she is in love with Brett Dennen and said his music is so relaxing. I haven't listened to it myself though.
Published 5 months ago by CeCe
4.0 out of 5 stars solid but a little slight
When listening to the standout songs (Darlin' do not Fear, Ain't no Reason, The One who Loves You the Most, There is so Much More) he moves in a gentle yet toe tapping rhythm -... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Personally I like this album the best
Out of all Brett's album, I liked numerous songs from this album before I heard them all. Great album overall with catchy songs.
Published 13 months ago by Will
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great voice. Great lyrics. I have it on my iPhone and listen to it all the time. I can never get tired of that voice.
Published 17 months ago by Anita S. Ahmadi
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Pop Album
What we have here is a perfect pop album by a great singer/songwriter. The production has a sparkling air about it giving your tweeters a real work out. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tom Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Brett Dennen..
A super singer song writer...Great album and a great artist...I buy anything Dennen....Keep up the great work...and peace and love.
Published 18 months ago by Virginia L. Castro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Brett Dennen is an amazing artist. His lyrics are fresh and thought provoking. A Bob Dylan for the 21st century.
Published 20 months ago by Rena Sue Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful CD
Brett Dennen is one of my favorite singers! This album is full of heartfelt songs and I listen to it often.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Album
Singer/songwriter has awesome, creative lyrics and tunes, love the whole album, despite some political undertones on a couple songs that sound Bob Dylan-esque (really dude, just... Read more
Published on April 18, 2011 by BD
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