I've been listening to and reviewing a lot of singer/songwriter, melodic pop material lately. Although not as impressive as 2010 releases from Greg Laswell or Andrew Belle, you can add the latest from Cary Brothers to the list of solid 2010 albums in this genre.
Brothers was one of the artists at the forefront of gettting his music exposed through television and movie placement. His most well known track, "Blue Eyes" was featured in the movie "Garden State", and actor Zach Braff has championed Brothers' music, both on the television show "Scrubs" and in other films he has done. There's little doubt a number of songs on "Under Control" are headed for similar placement as Brothers specializes in the kind of moody, yet melodic, pop that shows such as Grey's Anatomy feast on.
Album opener "Ghost Town" is one such song, as a dark piano line leads into an impassioned chorus. Slower ballads like "Ghost Town" are the name of the game here as six of the ten tracks that make-up "Under Control" fall under this category. The best of these are the heartbreaking "Alien", a tale of two people drifting apart, and the album closer, the acoustic, emotional vocal performance of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."
Brothers doesn't stray too far from slower to mid-tempo tracks, but songs such as Belong" and "Over And Out" move into more of a rock direction, without losing the sense of melody prevalent on his ballads. There's no sense trying to make it more than it is, however. This is slower tempoed pop music, ripe for television and movie soundtracks that will appeal to a certain segment of people. If you find this type of music too "safe", "Under Control" isn't for you. If you like a strong voice, nice melodies and dramatic ballads, you'll love the music of Cary Brothers.
"Under Control" was released in the U.S April 6, 2010 on Procrastination Music