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Into the Boulevard by Brian Hoffer

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A cache of charming, well-crafted pop, with lovely, simple piano and guitar lines that often intersect to create surprising moments. The recordings and arrangements are accomplished but the record is winningly endearing for its charm as well as for its melodies, quirky lyrics and ingenuous performances. -- OnMilwaukee

Brian is a singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who takes the DIY route to power pop similar to The Breetles or Jonny Polonsky. The early standout here is "Psychoanalysis" a catchy melodic gem that recalls They Might Be Giants or Lamar Holley. Hoffer's vocal isn't quite ready for the ambitious high notes on "Gently Down" but the opening piano tinkle of "Superman Somehow"is clearly a winner with excellent lyrics and solid composition. "Cats & Birds" is a good meandering melodic loop with an impressive cello and piano duet. The narrative of rejection on "Ancient Explorers" is both endearing and easy to identify with. A few misses, but overall this is a really enjoyable debut from a talented newcomer. I hope to hear more from Brian in the near future. -- Powerpopaholic

I was pleasantly surprised to have stumbled upon this Milwaukee singer-songwriter's debut album, which has traces of Brendan Benson, AC Newman and Fountains of Wayne running through it. The upbeat, catchy "Good Day Now" is a near-perfect opener, and the clever "Psychoanalysis" reminds me of Dan Bryk and Lamar Holley. Other highlights include the raved-up "Keep Each Other Cold", the piano-and-guitar-based melody of "Superman Somehow" and the sardonic "When They Drop the Bomb". Hoffer really has a songwriter's ear for lyrics and melody here. -- Absolute Powerpop

Some of Jonathan Richman's heartbreaking naiveté and a pinch of Emo Philips' whimsical spaz are backed by poppy folk and power pop on Milwaukeean Brian Hoffer's impressive debut album. The hummable melodies aptly match lyrics that combine a broad, slightly skeptical hope for humanity with the realistic outlook of someone who has lost at love but moves on with all the grace he can muster. Into the Boulevard is a surprisingly strong initial salvo from a musician humble enough to not include a picture of himself anywhere in the album packaging. -- Shepherd Express
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HofferSongs
  • Run Time: 34 minutes
  • ASIN: B005G52V06
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,292,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From Absolute Powerpop:

I was pleasantly surprised to have stumbled upon this Milwaukee singer-songwriter's debut album, which has traces of Brendan Benson, AC Newman and Fountains of Wayne running through it. The upbeat, catchy "Good Day Now" is a near-perfect opener, and the clever "Psychoanalysis" reminds me of Dan Bryk and Lamar Holley. Other highlights include the raved-up "Keep Each Other Cold", the piano-and-guitar-based melody of "Superman Somehow" and the sardonic "When They Drop the Bomb". Hoffer really has a songwriter's ear for lyrics and melody here.

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From Shepherd Express:

Some of Jonathan Richman's heartbreaking naiveté and a pinch of Emo Philips' whimsical spaz are backed by poppy folk and power pop on Milwaukeean Brian Hoffer's impressive debut album. The hummable melodies aptly match lyrics that combine a broad, slightly skeptical hope for humanity with the realistic outlook of someone who has lost at love but moves on with all the grace he can muster. Into the Boulevard is a surprisingly strong initial salvo from a musician humble enough to not include a picture of himself anywhere in the album packaging.

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A cache of charming, well-crafted pop, with lovely, simple piano and guitar lines that often intersect to create surprising moments. The recordings and arrangements are accomplished but the record is winningly endearing for its charm as well as for its melodies, quirky lyrics and ingenuous performances.
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