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Thin Places

Randall BramblettAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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A jewel of Southern music, Randall Bramblett shines on his latest release, The Bright Spots, due out May 14 on New West Records. Fresh off the inclusion of one of his songs on Bonnie Raitt’s Grammy-winning album Slipstream, he has put together a masterful recording soaked with the soulful feel that has defined his music and that of his Southern contemporaries like Gregg Allman and Warren ... Read more in Amazon's Randall Bramblett Store

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  • Audio CD (February 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B0001CCXXE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nobody's Problem
2. Playing Card
3. You Can Be The Rain
4. Gotta Stop Somewhere
5. Comin' Round Soon
6. Black Coat
7. Confident Thieves
8. Are You Satisfied
9. Chet Baker
10. Red Booth
11. I Don't Care

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While not a household name, Randall Bramblett has been heard in a wide variety of settings for going on thirty years. His songs have been covered by Sea Level, Delbert McClinton, Rick Nelson, B.J. Thomas, Hot Tuna and many more. As a saxophonist, keyboard player, or singer, he's played with the Allman Brothers, the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Elvin Bishop, among others.

Based in Athens, Georgia, Thin Places is Bramblett's fifth album. Backed by his regular touring band and assorted guests, the eleven songs have an honest vitality to them. Whether it's a mid-tempo shuffle ("Comin' 'Round Soon"), steamy southern funk ("Red Booth"), or Stones-like swagger ("Nobody's Problem"), it's all handled with gutsy vigor and aplomb. Nashville producer Michael Rhodes recognized that the songs could handle sophisticated arrangements and he fearlessly pushed them to their limits, when it was called for (such as on "Are You Satisfied"). Other times--such as on the emotive "Chet Baker"--he let the barest minimum carry the innate eloquence on graceful wings. --David Greenberger

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover Randall!!! April 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was blown away by the several live performances of Randall Bramblett as a member of the Steve Winwood live band I witnessed since 1997. I have bought all of his albums and cannot recommend him enough - everything is excellent, music, lyrics, musicianship. He is a fantastic musician and composer that deserved to be discovered.
Put on "Thin Places" and then drive away in your car. You'll be transported to another dimension, reflecting on oh so many aspects of life. One word of advice: his songs are more appreciated if you have lived a little. Teens need not apply.
I hope he will tour the West sometimes, because I would love to hear his own compositions live.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rain, Angels & Holes in Souls October 12, 2004
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Randall Bramblett's follow up to "No More Mr. Lucky" continues that excellent streak that brought "End of the String" & "Disappearing Ink." "Thin Places" begins with Davis Causey's great electric lead and Bramblett's passionate vocals on "Nobody's Problem," "The angel's arms are full of holes." "Playing Card" is an excellent tune with Shawn Pelton's hot drums keeping double time, "I'm just an old soul peekin' thru a hole in the wall." The track currently riding high in my personal top ten is the classic "You Can Be the Rain." Bramblett's exquisite songwriting skills amalgamating melody & lyric, the razor sharp band and his stunning vocals all collide, "Lookin' for a poem in the water stains on the floor, I'll be waiting here where the sky is clear, you can be the rain against my window." Bramblett slows down for the midtempo "Comin' Round Soon" blowing out a soulful sax for a touch of the blues, "As soon as I get it all planned out right, I'm gonna live a long & sinful life." Bramblett wails on the Hammond B-3 on "Black Coat," "There's nothing left to do but laugh & feed the angels, give 'em what they want in the February sun." Bramblett sounds like a stone-bleached Dylan on the tender "Confident Thieves," "These mudtrack boots are full of rain & nails; the dark fills in where the light has failed; neon dirt is turnin' red as blood; you can see your story written in the mud." "Chet Baker" is another excellent track with Bramblett's world-weary vocals, "I walk outside where the avalanche leans always ready to wipe this landscape clean, just a shrug of the shoulders where the tears should be." The CD concludes with the soulful midtempo "I Don't Care." "Thin Places" highlights a musician at the top of his game as a writer & singer. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible experience March 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If great entertainment always leaves you wanting more, then this qualifies as magnificent. You don't want this incredible sojourn of songs to end. Randall, longtime guitarist Davis Causey and friends, old and new, have crafted a masterpiece of exquisite musicianship swirling around eloquent and thought provoking lyrics, it is easy to lose yourself in this one. Didn't think it was possible to keep topping previous efforts, but Randall has done it again. Heartily recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something Worth a Lot of Listening September 24, 2005
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It seems to become increasingly difficult to find something new worth listening to. You can find great lyrics weighed down by mediocre melodies, just aural doodles to soak in the poetry or you can find soul-shaking but lyricless jazz/blues fusion that takes you away but leaves you nothing to ponder when the tune is through.

Randall Bramblett is more than a breath of fresh air; he's pure oxygen for the nearly asphixiated. <u>Thin Places</u> and <u>No More Mr. Lucky</u> are both superb discs with intelligent, insightful and thought-provoking words doused in excellent, free-flowing though complex rhythms and musical arrangements. The great horn playing and guitar licks are meshed perfectly into beats that are perfect for the songs.

<u>Thin Places</u> grows on you with every listen. As for lyrics, I would put Randall Bramblett on a par with Guy Clark and that is high praise, indeed. The music pulls from many sources, skillfully blended into haunting, driving or laid-back melodies perfectly suited for the lyrics each is mated to.

I cannot recommend this CD enough. The music samples cannot do it justice, but this is one you will want to keep and hear again and again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eschews trends or fads yet manages to sound relevant November 3, 2006
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According to Celtic traditions and lore, spots where this world and the realm of the spirit come close together are "thin places." In these places, time may also shift so that one connects with the future or the past.

Randall Bramblett, who consistently turns out thoughtful, well-crafted music, surely had this notion in mind when he wrote the songs on this recording. Too few songwriters seem to be able to write music that reflects the perspectives and experience of leading one's life and growing older without sounding sappy or preachy. Mr. Bramblett does, whether he focuses on a spiritual trajectory or earthbound spiral.

His use of color and imagery throughout his lyrics creates interesting contrasts: "layin' in the sun with a black coat on"; "neon dirt is turning red as blood"; planting flowers in the cold black dirt." Put another way, he says a lot with few words, e.g., "everybody lost in the morning news."

Though he eschews trends or fads, he manages to sound relevant and up-to-date. The recording quality is excellent and his supporting cast sound comfortable and smooth throughout.
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