Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Review: David Brookings "Glass Half Full"

It seems like only yesterday we covered singer/songwriter David Brookings' "Obsessed" release (review here). But the prolific Brookings is back already with a new CD comprised of 14 pop treats. "Glass Half Full" is just as good as "Obsessed" - if not, better - brimming with a sunny outlook and shimmering melodies to match.

Brookings sounds more and more like the long lost son of one of the Beach Boys. His gentle voice just coasts and glides over the catchy guitars, and he throws in plenty of harmonies to boot. On his latest, it is evident that Brookings' lyrical themes are beginning to mature, as he now references the need to get babysitters and even has a closing track entitled, "Gettin Older".

Every song is wonderfully catchy and has the power to change your mood for the better. The top half of "Glass Half Full" is probably one of the strongest starts to any of his records so far (his 5th solo album), with radio-friendly gems like "Don't Wake Me Up" and "This Time Its For Real". Brookings doesn't slow things down often, but the dazzling ballad "Flashlight Love" might make you wish he did a little more. The happy-go-lucky feel of "One Lonely Word" makes it my favorite of the bunch.

Fans of 60s and 70s pop songwriting need to drink from the cup David Brookings offers on "Glass Half Full". Good to the last drop!

iPOD-worthy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 13, 14

David Brookings on MySpace. Official site. Get it.

Check out a video of him performing "I Wish I Could Be With You":

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