Title - Everything You Never Wanted: Acoustic
Artist - Bren Holmes
For those not in the know, last year, Irish-born/Los Angeles resident Bren Holmes released his first-ever solo album after some 35 years of being the bassist for raucous Celtic Rock band Young Dubliners.
So, you could say that when he broke away from his decades-long family to launch his long-awaited debut, Everything You Never Wanted, his solo career was long-in-the-making but well worth the wait.
While fans and media were basking in the glow of his critically-hailed debut, Bren was busy transforming his charming solo launch into a full acoustic version, which will be released independently on March 29th, 2022 via Bren Holmes Productions.
1. Sweet Talkiní Angel
2. You Say
3. Canít Stop Thinkiní
4. No Return
6. Love On Your Side (LC Blues)
9. Take It All Away
10. Somewhere (Ode To Shane)
This beautifully crafted new acoustic album opens on the free flowing hipsway of Sweet Talkiní Angel and the still gently rambunctious You Say and backs those up seamlessly with the quietly euphoric Canít Stop Thinkiní, the hearty No Return and then comes the upbeat Ugly (a duet which originally featured former Donnas frontwoman Brett Anderson).
Next up is the aching balladry of Love On Your Side (LC Blues) and a quite remarkably buoyant, and yet Holmes-imbibed cover of ABBAís SOS (reworked with a guitar and mandolin), and they are in turn followed by the foot-tapper Pieces, the album rounding out on his sedately AOR-leaning of Take It All Away, coming to an all too soon close on the quiet night, and yet still Celtic pub rock of Somewhere (Ode To Shane).
Loved by his old fans and new admirers, the plugged-in version of the album was a critical favorite, garnering plaudits from many rivulets of the media.
American Highways cheered Itís a winner, while Americana UK proclaimed The future is looking bright for Bren Holmes.
Iíve been playing acoustic versions of these songs for some time now. I have a strong connection to them, so it only seemed natural to record the acoustic versions that people have been hearing, the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Dublin musician confides, holding these ten tracks close to his chest.
Thus in lieu of proceeding on to his next project with a whole new slate of songs, Holmes held on a little longer to his debutís ten tracks and pared them down to their organic and acoustic roots.
Stripped down and accompanied only by his Everything You Never Wanted co-producer Bryan Dobbs on mandolin, the result is Everything You Never Wanted Acoustic, which echoes the former version with a cozy and warm breath, hearty in emotion and rife with storytelling charm.
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