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A Wonderful Album!,
This review is from: Bryndle (Audio CD)I found this little gem in a used CD bin as I often find many such gems while perusing my favorite local record stores; in fact, I came up with a personal quote to describe such adventures: "one person's purging becomes this person's urging". When I see albums like this, I often say "Ooh! I gotta have this!", and I soon become like a little kid in a candy store.
Anyway, enough of that...back to the matter at hand:
Bryndle was a "supergroup" of sorts, consisting of well-known folk/rock performers Karla Bonoff, Andrew "Lonely Boy" Gold and Wendy Waldman, who wrote some hit songs for Maria Muldaur in the early 70's. The group originally formed around 1970 and was poised to release an album at the time, but it never happened. Fast forward to 1995, and the group gives it another shot, this time succeeding with the release of the eponymous "Bryndle".
But just as quickly as this album came, it seemed to go...not because the material is bad, it's quite the contrary. It could be that their timing wasn't right this time or that the album was independently released, or perhaps both; one fact is certain, Bryndle is a group of unique talents, and they as well as this album deserved to be a lot bigger than they were.
The album begins with the uptempo country/folk song "Take Me In", which shows off the band's great vocal harmonies in earnest; my personal favorite is the wonderful, lilting "Savannah", which again showcases their immense vocal talents.
The band's primary focus is the combined vocals of Bonoff and Waldman, as Andrew Gold's role is more relegated to the background; Gold produced the album and it was recorded in his home studio. The remainder of the songs vary in tempo and mood, but are all compelling and inspiring; as I said, the band and this album deserved to be a lot bigger than they were.
Bryndle recorded another album in 2002, but the same fate seems to have been cast upon that one, as well; hopefully, this isn't the last we'll hear from them!