New album from singer/songwriter Christopher Brant Anderson a tapestry of folk, blues, and jazz
(Published: October 31, 2011)
A deluge may fall; there might also be the loud crackling of thunder. But to singer/songwriter Christopher Brant Anderson, the grim side of Mother Nature is brushed aside by the radiant beauty of a "Woman Like You."
The most moving track on his new album Gravity & Time, "Woman Like You" has the same effect on the listener as the lady in question has on Anderson. The mood-spinning acoustic guitars on "Woman Like You" are haunting and mesmerizing, and Anderson's softly romantic voice itself sweeps the dark clouds away. It's a love song absent of clichés and artificial sweeteners, a tender ballad that has the timeless quality of AM radio classics such as Dan Fogelberg's "Longer."
The Pacific Northwest artist has been releasing music since the mid-'80s, when he and fellow singer/songwriter Janis Skok formed Anderson & Skok. Anderson & Skok achieved regional and national success via what were then the early days of the Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) radio format, especially the now-defunct KEZX 98.9 FM. On Gravity & Time, Anderson proves that the decades since haven't tainted the golden touch of his singing and songwriting. In fact, he may have just gotten better.
Unlike many other artists in the Triple A realm, Anderson is impressively eclectic. The record is a tapestry of various musical influences, such as folk, jazz, and blues. On "Rembrandt Light," bluesy riffs sizzle as Anderson passionately exclaims, "We love like there's no tomorrow." Star pianist Barney McClure helps give "Quarter Heart Time" its jazzy spunk while Richard Carpenter's evocative violin heightens the cinematic feel of the instrumental "Barbara's Garden."
"That all changes when I think of you," Anderson sings affectionately on "Woman Like You." It's an uplifting confession that not only summarizes how this whole album provides a despite from the pressures of everyday life but relieves the deep despair of the opening track, a cover of John Martyn's 1980 divorce letter "Sweet Little Mystery." With winter already making its presence known, Gravity & Time provides a jolt of sunlight; bask in its heavenly glow.
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