Chris Braide's music can touch your heart and set your hair on fire at the same time!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Critically acclaimed British singer, songwriter and producer Chris Braide's Fifty Dollar Planets and Twenty Cent Stars is the type of release that will have critics scratching their collective heads and record executives perched precariously on the nearest ledge. Artists laugh at genres and Braide pushes the lyrical envelope in a plethora of directions with homage to such influences as Yes, Squeeze, and Marc Bolan's T-Rex while his meticulous production efforts would seem to be the golden thread of this brilliant tapestry of textured sound.
"There is not a bad song on the album." Sound familiar? Well, it is true. So who is Chris Braide you might ask? Braide has written songs for the feature film The Great Gatsby not to mention writing, producing or both for such acts as Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams. Back to the release at hand, "Fifty Dollar Planets" has the kick of a mule with a smoldering Beatles underbelly while the melodic anthem "Let Me Love You" simply screams for attention from American radio. This more acoustic "This Is For The Girl" along with the vibrant pop tune "It's Not Too Late" are both well written, catchy and fill a rather large whole in the American market.
Artists that work that incredibly unforgiving singer / songwriter side of the street often languish in anonymity. While Braide's critical acclaim and career are both in fine shape, this is a damn fine album. No blemishes at all, pure fun! Chris Braide is an amazing talent and Fifty Dollar Planets and Twenty Cent Stars has the potential to be the release of the summer...if commercial radio wakes up!
Tracks: Fifty Dollar Planets; This Is For The Girl; Fascinating; Beautiful; Let Me Love You; It's Not Too Late; What It Does To Me; Sophia; Take What You Can; What's Going On In Your Head; Agent Wilde & The Speedway Dancers.