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Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, BRENDAN RIVERA (ex Looking Glass Wars) has released one hell of an album with No Ocean In Ireland (Veggie Co. Records). Pulling together elements of Dashboard Confessional, Mumford & Sons, and Motion City Soundtrack, Rivera wins over the listener with a vast range of dynamics throughout the album, making it an entirely satisfying listen start to finish.

 

The album brings you in with Introduction an acoustic instrumental and eases you right into the energetic and pounding track No Ocean In Ireland. This 7 minute track is the showpiece of the album, with a huge booming chorus chord progression and a beautiful acoustic/banjo breakdown in the middle that resembles a Mumford & Sons feel. The bridge builds to the bass drum pounding with the last chords of the song and it’s truly an enlightening experience.

 

 

The middle of the album holds plenty of surprises, too. The upbeat Centerfold has somewhat of a Starting Line/Jimmy Eat World feel.  Then the solemn acoustic Strangers features Rivera alone with acoustic guitars. Then it all leads back into the vast double-bass thumping of Sail Away which hooks you in with an acoustic guitar run intro and then sprinkles on the banjo plucking that comes together like Mumford & Sons on steroids.

Lyrics from Sail Away:

Dear You and Me
This is you from the future
There’s nothing here but all you’ve ever wanted from your life
Before you learn to swim, make sure you hold your head above the water
I’m not seeing where your story takes a turn

I feel it in my bones
I feel it in my skin
Skin that’s holding nothing but a coward giving in
I want to tell you something that I’ve kept inside my soul
This hour that you’re giving me is not enough to show you how you’re scared
Show you how to…

Sail away, sail away, and forget everything you cry about
Sail away, sail away, and go back home to turn it all around

 

There’s really nothing to dislike about this album. The album as a whole flows impeccably. The dynamics are flawless.  The song styles are varying and interesting. And the production of it all is polished and balanced.

 
You can purchase No Ocean In Ireland and other Brendan Rivera releases on the web here:
http://brendanrivera.bandcamp.com/
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