This has been a year where I’ve been waiting for an album to come along and go, ‘dang this is so all over the place, I love it, it’s what we need right now.”
Dean Brody fulfills all the points on his latest release, Beautiful Freakshow(Open Road Records.)
Helmed by Juno Award Winning Producer, Matt Rovey, this album may be the best thing Brody has ever released. I’m sure there are going to be some self indulgent people out there that says this record is uneven, unispired or even boring, and that right there is where they are missing the point. Freakshow highlights all of Brody’s influeneces, even if we don’t like them.
You literally are looking into Brody’s physche in this album. Songs you may think are throw away songs, “Bush Party,” and “Beautiful Freakshow,” are amazingly crafted. A big part of these songs fitting in this album is due to the amazing production by Rovey, who doesn’t over produce, he molds the song into what Brody wants. If you ask me, if Rovey produced one ‘Nashville’ album, you might have a paradigm shift on Music Row.
This 10 song collection takes you through every aspect of life. From young love, “Blueberry Sky,” and “Little Blue Volkswagon,” to the rollicking maritime influenced, “Soggy Bottom Summer w/Alan Doyle.”
Every album of this magnitude usually has that one song that trancends time. Freakshow delivers that in spades with the Harry Chapinesque, “Time.” This song incapsulates everything in life when you think you have more time than you really have, when in reality we don’t know how much time we have.
Dean Brody is his own arists, man, performer and in Beautiful Freakshow, he shows who he really is and we just need to roll with it.