(From Red Roses 6)
It's a sweltering May day, the sun hasn't stopped shining for a week or so, a
hose pipe ban must be imminent, hay fever has reared it's red eyed head & you
think you've got a cold. You knew wearing those shorts was a mistake for all concerned.
Your feelings for someone have grown so intense you feel you're gonna burst but
you can't tell her as frankly she has enough problems at the moment. You're starting
to feel like the theme for an Another Sunny Day song!
The perfect solution is now at hand, it's called "Understand" it's by Brian and
features eight perfectly formed pop gems bought to you by those bastions of good
taste at Setanta. Recorded for a staggeringly small amount of money in a living
room, Brian isn't in fact a band but one person. This gives my poor comparison
of an overall feeling that this would sit somewhere between the pop sensibilities
of early Lightning Seeds & the already mentioned before but hell lets be reckless
Another Sunny Day some credence at least.
The songs get off to a fine start with the title track itself, a basic drum machine
beat interwoven with chiming guitar producing a perfect simple melody & a mournful
whisper in the ear vocal. This makes the don't worry I've been through it before
chorus of "I Understand" actually ring true. Two of the other highlights have
to be "Don't Leave Me Behind" where a three note three note keyboard intro runs
throughout the song, combining with the softly spoken vocals to give the song
an air of vulnerability. This contrasts with the angry bursts of guitar making
at times the title turn from a plea into a warning. This neatly flows into "You
Don't Want A Boyfriend" a tear stained letter to THAT person asking that age old
question "why are you going out with him when he treats you so badly, while I
worship the ground you walk on?" As the song sums itself up "I've heard it said
before & I find it's true, the more you give yourself away to someone the less
they think of you"