Friday, 23 September 2011
Review: Brian Trudeau
Brian Trudeau - The Light (Independent)
Currently based in the beautiful Cornish fishing village of Polperro, Brian Trudeau’s music CV makes for interesting reading. He’s been on the brink of breakthrough success with a couple of bands before things went awry, and now, after a half-decade long struggle with illness, he’s returned to the fray, solo and independent.
“The Light” is his debut album, a 12-track collection that showcases his talent for getting to grips with subjects that are close to his heart, within the confines of a perfectly executed 3/4 minute acoustic folk-pop song. In particular, the environment causes concern, and both “On Their Own” and “Better Days” clearly spell out his anxieties, but with hooks and robust choruses intact. “Meant To Be” is my current favourite, its vocal barb and naturally looped guitar effect appear utterly addictive.
Throughout Trudeau displays plentiful, though unflashy, guitar skills, and his voice, though a little delicate and fragile in places, is warm and convivial. However it’s his songs that truly shine through and it’s no surprise to read that he’s on the verge of signing a major publishing deal. We wish him well for the future and look forward to his next album.