Sunday, May 10, 2009

Review: Braxton Parker "CD Preview"

Braxton Parker is yet another example that justifies my love of the Philly music scene. Keep an eye on this guy to blast onto the scene in a big way.

The CD preview I was sent totally blew me away - each of the three tracks is a mini masterpiece of modern pop rock perfection. Braxton Parker, whose voice sounds like a cross between Cliff Hillis and Ryan Cabrera, aims to please with his box full of hooks and head full of pop sensibilities. His voice effortlessly swings into falsetto and back, allowing his melodies to be more creative than most vocalists. Moreover, he has recruited some top notch talent to round out the sound - check it out for yourself by visiting his MySpace page (link below). While the energetic and instantly memorable "City Lights" is the most impressive track to date, the midtempo sweetness of "Everything Changes" and the driving alt rock groove behind "Not Yet" prove he is no one trick pony.

If you like Train, Lifehouse, or Ryan Cabrera, you'll love Braxton Parker.

I am brimming with optimism that the full-length release will build on the quality of these three tracks. If he's saving all his brightest lights to round out the CD, the debut release by Braxton Parker promises to be a strong contender for the best of the year. It could do what "Yourself and Someone Like You" did for Matchbox 20.

Artist bio:
"Somewhere between indie and mainstream you'll find Braxton Parker. An accomplished unsigned artist with an intense and profitable touring schedule, die hard DIY work ethic, and strong regional fan base, Braxton released his EP in April 2007 to great reception. Since its completion, the songs have been picking up a slew of radio, internet, satellite plays and press support. Friend and producer, Ted Comerford (Army of Me, Virginia Coalition, Zox) brought in the right players, including members from Ben Kweller for the project. With Comerford producing and Paul David Hager (Avril Lavigne, Butch Walker, American Hi-Fi) on board, Braxton Parker was set to show what he's got. Since his start as a solo artist in July 2006, Parker has already managed to secure a regular spot on tours all over the country with Billboard Live and Ellis Entertainment. He has also had the honor of sharing the stage with artists such as Bon Jovi, Yellowcard, Dashboard Confessional, Guster, and New Found Glory."

Braxton Parker on MySpace. Get it.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

Those guys put on a great show...I've seen them at the Kyber, The Note, and opening for Sonia Leigh at World Cafe...really nice guys as well...Keep up the good work Braxton