CD Risk [Paul Brandt] (CD 1184662), Audio Other
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Risk [Paul Brandt]

  • 1. Didn't Even See the Dust
    2. Come on & Get Some
    3. Virtual Life
    4. That's Worth Fighting For
    5. Risk
    6. Country Girl
    7. Hold On (Love Will Find You)
    8. Learning How to Let It Go
    9. Scars Are Beautiful
    10. Friend Like This, A
    11. Little Space Between, The
    12. Out Here on My Own
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2518

  • Credits
    ProducerPaul Brandt; Steve Rosen
    EngineerDave Browning; Ben Fowler

    Personnel: Dave Cleveland (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Scott Dente (acoustic guitar); J.T. Corenflos (electric guitar); Wanda Vick (dobro, mandolin, fiddle); Connie Ellisor, Pamela Sixfin (violin); Carole A. Rabinowitz (cello); Jim Horn (saxophone); Chris Dunn (trombone); Steve Rosen (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, programming); Gordon Mote (piano); Dan Needham (drums, percussion); Liz Brandt, Terry White, Russell Terrell (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Ben Fowler.
    Recording information: Blackbird Recording Studios, Nashville, TN; Gentleman Jim Studios, Thompson Station, TN; SOund Kitchen, Franklin, TN; The Valley Studios, Minneapolis, MN.
    Photographers: Dave Duncan; Raina Kirn; Wilson Barry .
    Canadian country star Paul Brandt celebrates his first decade in the genre with this record, his fifth studio effort in twice as many years. Given the album's title, it's appropriate that Risk takes a few more chances than Brandt's past work -- and, as a result, it's a bit more rewarding than anticipated. There's plenty of radio-friendly country-pop songs here, such as the opening "Didn't Even See the Dust." And while the lengthy fade out seems to drag the effort down slightly, the singer has much better luck with "The Little Space Between," which is a bit leaner and more concise. From there, Brandt delivers a three-minute, quasi-Southern and rather groovy tune ("Come On & Get Some," which brings to mind the likes of Big & Rich or Montgomery Gentry), an examination of contemporary life and all its gadgetry ("Virtual Life"), and a large, orchestral-tinged power ballad that would give Tim McGraw a run for his money ("That's Worth Fighting For"). The title track, meanwhile, is probably the prettiest sounding track of the bunch, as Brandt doesn't seem determined to force the string-laced song into his natural country niche. The song that seems to be the biggest disappointment, on the other hand, might be the lengthy and somewhat draggy "Hold On (Love Will Find You)," which never truly evolves into anything grand. Fortunately, a song like the gentle and melodic "Scars Are Beautiful" shows the better side of Brandt's work. The same can certainly be said on the tender closer, "Out Here on My Own." ~ Jason MacNeil

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