Brent Daniels – Every Road has a Turn
Brent Daniels began singing as a child and playing the guitar at the age of 7. Brent pursued life and life took him to a path as an electrician. He left his music behind, so he thought. But once music is in your soul, it stays in your soul forever, just waiting to be awakened. Three years ago Brent’s music in his soul was awakened. Thanks to famous producer, Robyn Robins (the founding member of Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band), he was discovered through one of his best friends at the university.
Robyn instantly recognized a different kind of voice; the kind of voice when you hear it, makes the hair stand up on your arms. Robyn Robins adamantly believes that, “Good singers come and go in this business, but great singers will stand the test of time.” Brent took Robyn’s words to heart. Brent began working with Robyn to record his first album, “Every Road Has A Turn.” Brent’s motivation was knowing that once a musician, always a musician. The CD opens with “My First Friday Night” in traditional country fashion. It’s actually one of the best tracks on the disc, which is no surprise to those who like a lead track to do what it does best. It brings out all of the character in the artist, which proves to be an accessible force. This would sound great on any country or easy listening station. It even has a little bit of pop appeal. If that isn’t strong enough, the second track is just as good but follows a more frantic pace. “My Truck’s Bigger Than Your Truck” is the usual I’m better than you are song. This is so catchy you’ll want to listen again and again. But if you’re not into country, that’s okay because this also rocks with a certain freshness. “Party At The End Of The Road” is up next and it’s also pretty rocking. But make no mistake about it, Brent Daniels is a country artist through and through. He just knows how to make it fun, as where some tend to be sappy. One thing you’ll want to do is dance to this track, as where the next one has the opposite feel. “Long Way From leaving” is the first somber note so far. It’s not a bad track or anything, it just goes down a notch in the energy department. But that picks back up a little on “Love You Down.” And it stays the same good and steady course on “One Big Party,” which indicates a higher energy altogether in the title, but doesn’t quite deliver that, although it takes nothing away from a good song, and that is another factor to his credit. These are all good tracks with a lot going for them, some are just stronger than others. For instance, “Young Wild and Crazy” gets a little sassy in the lyric department, while “Everything About You’ seems like a different artist altogether when you analyze the lyrics. But both tracks come out in the wash. To give the same example “Hold On” stands on its own two feet as a sleeper track worth taking extra time to get into. But that doesn’t happen with “Need A Little Love Right Now,” which has more commercial values, and maybe it’s where producer Robyn Robins puts his best sauce on it.
And as the final track comes down, it’s well explained in the title “Different Just The Same.” As that sort of helps describe the variation to be found on the album and sums it up right. In closing, this is a good album that doesn’t suffer in any efforts to win over country music fans, but could have used some stronger songwriting to help even it out.