Brad Brooks “Harmony of Passing Light”


Brooks has always been a talented, melodically obsessive, and cynical musician who wears his heart on his sleeve, much like Roger Klug or Chris Von Sneidern but sometimes going overboard when it came to song construction. I’m happy to say that on his third album, Harmony of a Passing Light – Brooks nails it here with a perfect combo of influences and original compositions. Starting out with “Calling Everyone,” Brad evokes the spirit and soul of Daryl Hall and his vocal never sounded better. “Steal My Disarray” is a stunner of a tune with echoes of Joe Jackson and led by awesome slide guitar by Paul Hoaglin. And it just gets better…

“The Spinner & The Spun” is a powerful rocker with a driving beat and swaggering rhythm – here Brad radiates awesome coolness with the lead guitar solo by Paul Hoaglin. The haunting harmonies of “Night Fades” starts out and the beautiful chorus wrap it up with a shimmering sitar lead. A few slower country themed songs about rebellion (“Farewell To Foderol”) and addiction (“Will It Be Enough”) are also noteworthy.  More gems include “Exemplary Girl” and the dramatic “Grand Manner.” Brad breaks into this years top 10 nomination with this effort, and fans of emotional rock and roll will love it.