LA Weekly: At 47, Cait Brennan Could Be Pop/Rock's Next Big Thing

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LA Weekly: At 47, Cait Brennan Could Be Pop/Rock's Next Big Thing

"Earlier this year, the 47-year-old singer-songwriter released Debutante, which is as powerful a debut as any in recent memory. If you combined Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, Rhodes, and a touch of Jane Wiedlin into one person, you’d have Brennan, whose sound identifies clearly with the most timeless and idiosyncratic songwriters in rock & roll," writes LA Weekly Music's Tom Reardon in a wonderful interview/profile out this morning in advance of Cait's show at International Pop Overthrow LA Saturday 7/30 at Molly Malone's. Read the article and please like/share! Thank you Tom and LA Weekly!

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Goldmine:  "thrillingly original, more magical moments than a lot of people fit into an entire career."

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Goldmine: "thrillingly original, more magical moments than a lot of people fit into an entire career."

"Debutante is Arizona-born Brennan’s very sensibly titled debut album, but all other expectations should be left at the door.  It’s a powerful listen, the kind of glorious pop pantechnicon that makes a mockery of every word you’ve ever heard that includes the phrase “a singer-songwriter.”  Yeah she sings, yeah she writes songs.  But most of all, she’s a performer, andDebutante performs," writes Dave Thompson in GOLDMINE.

"The opening “Good Morning and Goodnight” sets the scene, a firestorm of a hook built around the kind of melody that Sparks used to have such a handle on, then embedded into a production that makes you wish every record could sound this loud… this triumphant… this dramatic.  And this measured.

Even with every emotion set on stun, lyrically, vocally and musically, Brennan skips blithely around the accusations of overkill that normally accompany this kind of dynamic.  Every song gets precisely the amount of welly it deserves, be it the soaring balladeering of “Dear Arthur”; the Jam-like swagger of “Madame Pompadour”; the glorious “Peggy Sue” percussives of “I Want You Back”;  the “wow, remember when Blur were brilliant” mischief of “Harmony Lies”….

And while “Father McKenzie” might have a title (and a few later puns) straight out of “Eleanor Rigby,” it feels like one of those glorious little pop songs with which Graham Gouldman used to pepper the charts.  And if that’s not an accomplishment that few people can lay claim to, then that’s how ridiculously enjoyable this album is.

Oh, and don’t forget the Turtles harmonies, either.

A crash course in the history of pop, then?  Kinda sorta, but so much more than that.  Rather, Debutante is one of those records that you suddenly realize you’ve been wanting to hear forever.

In places, yes, it’s grown-up glam in the same gorgeous (and gorgeously moving) fashion as Bowie’s …hours….  

In others, it’s the sound of the sixties seen through the prism of too many broken promises… angry Motown, maybe, or broken-hearted Brill.

But in others, it’s all the delights and dreams that flocked to replace those first shattered hopes, and that’s the mood that explodes from Debutante.  Celebrate the past, but soar with the present.  Yes, Debutante bristles with so many shared heritages that you can spot a listener’s personal preferences by the acts and albums they compare it with.

But more than all of that, it is thrillingly original, astonishingly delivered, and pot-holed with more magical moments than a lot of people fit into an entire career."

- See more at: http://www.goldminemag.com/reviews/album-reviews/reviews-cait-brennan-dodson-fogg-luck-of-eden-hall-le-super-homard-will-z-anthony-phillips#sthash.SbswQv1X.dpuf

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Paste: Brennan Bowie Tribute/Cover Debut

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Paste: Brennan Bowie Tribute/Cover Debut

"Glam-rock revivalist Cait Brennan's affinity for David Bowie is no secret. Her debut album Debutante came out just days after Bowie's passing, and prompted a wave of favorable comparisons to Bowie's golden years; American Songwriter's Peter Gerstenzang went so far as to suggest the trans rocker might be the second coming of Lady Stardust," Paste writes in their premiere of Cait's Bowie cover, "Slip Away". The melancholy ode to New Jersey's legendary Uncle Floyd Show has taken on a life of its own, and Cait's cover has attracted such interest that rock writer Dave Thompson is including it in his new book on the best Bowie covers on the planet. Check out Paste's debut of "Slip Away" here, and don't forget to keep your head warm.

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Echo Magazine on Cait Brennan: The Debutante

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Echo Magazine on Cait Brennan: The Debutante

"“She’s a great singer. A great musician. I consider her an ace. She’s a wonderful lab partner,” Fernando Perdomo tells Art Martori of Echo Magazine in Art's stunning new profile of Cait. Echo talks to longtime Brennan friend and Phoenix New Times music writer Tom Reardon, and offers up an exclusive never-before-seen track by track look at the songs on Debutante from Cait herself. It's a gorgeous and very kind piece and we thank Art, KJ Philp and Echo for their generosity!

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Debutante cracks Amazon Top 20 Singer-Songwriters!

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Debutante cracks Amazon Top 20 Singer-Songwriters!

What's in a number? Plenty, if you're an indie glam singer-songwriter with one of the best reviewed albums of the year. As we write this, Cait Brennan's Debutante is at number 22 on Amazon's singer-songwriter sales list, topping luminaries like Ben Folds and Regina Spektor; the album is also on Amazon's "Hot New Releases" rundown. Get yours now and hear why dozens of top critics have hailed Cait as the second coming of the glam-pop greats and hailed Debutante as a contender for album of the year.

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American Songwriter on Cait Brennan: "incandescent ...glorious!"

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American Songwriter on Cait Brennan: "incandescent ...glorious!"

"...the glorious, Debutante...from the crashing Pop thunder of “Good Morning And Goodnight” (think a desperate Harry Nilsson backed by a punkish ELO), to the White Album-era ballad of “Dear Arthur,” to the forlorn, Bowie-esque beauty of “Showman,” Debutante depicts an artist remarkably conversant with the last forty years of Pop, who is able to blend her influences and obsessions into one glimmering musical gem after another.

"Now that we have lost that glorious weirdo, David Bowie, it’s also nice to know that a new one, Cait Brennan, is hovering into view...Which feels like a bit of solace for those of us who felt Bowie’s loss so keenly. In other words, it’s nice to have a new songwriter out there, who is so … out there!"   --Peter Gerstenzang, American Songwriter magazine, 2016-01-25              

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Popshifter on Debutante: "One hell of a debut... timeless, joyful, clever and wonderful"

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Popshifter on Debutante: "One hell of a debut... timeless, joyful, clever and wonderful"

Debutante is one hell of a debut album. From the high fructose, upbeat balladry of “Once Upon A Nevermind” to the rich and soulful “Showman” (as a quick aside, you just don’t hear the word “defibrillators” enough in lyrics), Cait Brennan has made a glimmering record full of heart and hope and harmony. It’s a timeless album; joyful, clever, and wonderful. You owe it to yourself to hear her. - See more at: http://popshifter.com/2016-01-22/music-review-cait-brennan-debutante/#sthash.UbnDiFBl.rBszjRgD.dpuf

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"Dear Arthur" gets a Paste-exclusive premiere!

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"Dear Arthur" gets a Paste-exclusive premiere!

"(at first) I thought ‘Dear Arthur’ was something about a wayward ship captain or something," Brennan said, "his family left behind on some forgotten shore while he was out lost in a nor'easter on some zany sailor hijinks. I’ve never even set foot on a boat, so I have no idea why I was suddenly trying to become some low-rent fright-wig Gordon Lightfoot, jet-skiing out on lake Gitche Gumee. But I went with it.”

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Phoenix New Times: Cait Brennan Thrives In The Face Of Adversity

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Phoenix New Times: Cait Brennan Thrives In The Face Of Adversity

"In all those dark times, when I felt most lost and alone, music was what got me through," Cait said.  "Big Star's Third, Hüsker Dü's Warehouse, Nick Drake, the Undertones, Bert Jansch. That music kept me alive. Kept me from giving up. I like to hope that maybe the songs I've made might mean that much to somebody else someday. That it might help somebody else to get through, when they're in that place. In those moments when you feel most alone, sometimes music can save your life. It saved mine."

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Cait Brennan interview in Arizona Republic

"I had no idea that so many people would be so excited to hear music from me, that so many people would be moved enough by my story to want to buy in. We funded the initial goal in 69 hours and it's been growing ever since..."

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