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Here I Am (2012)

Artist: Oli Brown
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Format: CD
Sku: 231246515
UPC: 710347117827
UPC 14: 00710347117827
Release Date: 6/12/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Here I Am ~ Oli Brown
2. Thinking About Her ~ Oli Brown
3. Manic Bloom ~ Oli Brown
4. All We Had To Give ~ Oli Brown
5. You Can Only Blame Yourself ~ Oli Brown
6. Start It Again ~ Oli Brown
7. Devil In Me ~ Oli Brown
8. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know ~ Oli Brown
9. Remedy ~ Oli Brown
10. Mr. Wilson ~ Oli Brown
11. Like a Feather ~ Oli Brown
12. Solid Ground ~ Oli Brown

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Oli Brown (vocals, guitar); Joel White (Fender Rhodes piano); Wayne Proctor (drums, percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Wayne Proctor; Steve Wright .
Muze PNote Recording information: Superfly Studios, Nott'm.
Muze PNote "Ain't trying to be no Jimi or Stevie/I want to be my G-damned self," proclaims up and coming U.K. blues rocker Oli Brown on the lead-off title track to his third release. He follows up that defiant declamation with a shuffle that nicks the lick from Vaughan's "Cold Shot" on the derivative "Thinking About Her." Whether he realizes that or not, it's a good indication that there aren't many guitar players bringing new or fresh ideas to the table in this genre. Just 22 when this album was released in 2012, you can forgive Brown for his youthful enthusiasm, especially when there is so much energy exuding from these dozen tracks, all but two self-composed. Like many of his peers, he whips off some solid riff rockers such as "Manic Boom" and "Devil in Me," and a convincing enough Chuck Berry lick in "Start It Again" with skill and talent. His boyish vocals are charming if not quite as edgy as some of his angrier lyrics about lost love require, even if he did win Best Male Vocalist at the 2010 British Blues Awards. Brown can write a hummable, soulful melody, as on the ballad "All We Had to Give"; it's as good as any pop song on the charts with the extra enticement of a tasty guitar solo. But a reasonably hot cover of Al Kooper's Blood, Sweat & Tears gem "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know" points out that nothing here is up to that song's quality. Too much of Brown's material just isn't unique or powerful enough to break him free from others plying similar territory who can also sling out a strong guitar lick and write good, not great, material. When he gets down and somewhat dirty on the swampy "You Can Only Blame Yourself" and a bit funky on "Remedy," he's staking out more fertile area. There isn't really enough of that, though, to make this the album that will elevate his status, especially in the States, where he is another also-ran in a crowded field trying to establish himself among many similarly talented musicians. ~ Hal Horowitz

Producer: Wayne Proctor

Engineer: Wayne Proctor

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/23/2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : RUF 1178
Music Label Name Label : Ruf Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00710347117827

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Brown,Oli
Product attributeLabel:   Ruf Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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