Brett Dennen - Lover Boy
In preparation for Loverboy, his fourth album, Dennen sought to soften his relentless grind of touring and recording with a period of relative domesticity, aiming to re-charge his creative batteries. As a result, he learned to actually live like a hippie (instead of just seeming like one): attending shows at local bars, striking up impromptu jam sessions, and riding his bicycle to the grocery store. Perhaps it should be no surprise that Loverboy is his grooviest, headiest, and most natural-sounding to date.
“Surprise, Surprise”, a sparkly minor-key pop tune, opens with a familiar acoustic strum, but it becomes very clear very quickly that Dennen is no longer interested in repeating himself – it shows off a brand new reference point: ‘80s pop, unintentionally evoking the chorus melody from A Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran.” In the press, he’s referred to Loverboy as his “first album,” and in many ways, he couldn’t be more accurate. His folk influences are pushed way to the side – acoustic instruments, when used, help propel and flesh-out the songs instead of steering them. There’s a full range of moods on display, each demonstrating a different side of his soulful palette... - American Songwriter