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Alex James Brierley released his debut EP ‘Listen’ last year to positive reviews, including a four star review from this reviewer. Fast forward a year and we have a new EP, four songs recorded over the past couple of years and further new music is planned for later this year.
The title track has a laid back feel, with a gentle backbeat and the soothing vocals of Alex James Brierley, although the lyrical content is a thought provoking one being inspired about a young girl who had no home, parents or identity. Shades of Jack Johnson here.
‘Back Of My Hand’ is a more straight ahead pop tune, strong hook one this one, whilst ‘Place Of Nowhere’ references the current Syrian crisis. This song has a alt rock slant, not unlike recent Manic Street Preachers.
‘Lifetime Away’ dates back from 2016 when it was played live at Bolton Wanderers stadium and adds a little electronica/loops into the mix, after a church organ intro. A simply stunning piece of music and the EP’s stand out for me.
Alex James Brierley is on the up and up with this EP and with some more live appearances should see his music being deservedly more widely known. Impressive. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
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