Brian Gladstone: A Time for New Beginnings – CD Review
Rating: 4.5/5 – Reprinted From Hot Indie News
Gladstone is a guy who works in an office with only three walls, hates those who take two-day lunch breaks, and likes to declare his love in a park among potato salads and army ants. This album is one of the funnier ones I’ve heard, and the singer delivered it with his somewhat off-key voice that never lacked the deadpan tone needed to supply his deadpan humor.
Although he sometimes used clichéd words, I’m willing to overlook that for the overall strength of the album. The album has a whimsical feeling to it, which suits the subject matters of the song, which are actually pretty weird, such as “Conversations with the Past” and “Couch Tomato,” which is a couch potato that went sweet…yeah, it’s awesome, I know.
The lyrics aside, I like the album because the singer never really took himself seriously, and just tells intelligent jokes around from the beginning all the way to the end with an instrumental breaks in the middle of the album, which are surprisingly good. I also love the cartoon-like sound of the album.
This is a marvelous folk rock/country rock album with a sharp sense of humor that never failed to gain some smiles and chuckles. Although it is a little long at an hour, it is just an insignificant flaw.