Dedicated to the art of song and maybe even Buffalo hunting.
Monday, March 10, 2008
'Normal For Bridgwater' was the record that really made people start taking notice of Peter Bruntnell. Recorded in Boston with Bruntnell's band, along with Eric Heywood and Dave Boquist from Son Volt, the album was produced by Slow River founder and Rykodisc President George Howard. It soon became something of a classic - from Lay Down This Curse and By The Time My Head Gets To Phoenix to the heart-breaking Handful Of Stars. With Normal For Bridgwater, Bruntnell's beautifully detailed songs of longing and lonesome regrets established him as one of Britain's premier songwriters. When asked the meaning of the title track Bruntnell offered "a couple who are friends of mine ran a particularly rough pub in Bridgwater (a small town in the UK West Country), and the landlady was telling me one day that the doctors in Bridgwater use the abbreviation NFB (= Normal For Bridgwater) when describing their test results for slightly disturbed local patients." His second record, 'Ends of the Earth' is a stunning album, and without a doubt the best thing Bruntnell has ever come up with in his relatively unprolific career to date. Didn’t imagine he could follow up “Normal for Bridgwater” without compromising? Think again. “Ends of the Earth” barely treads any new ground at all, but at the same time still manages to throw up some of the best tracks you’ll have heard in a long time. “Here Comes the Swells,” the album opener is a good introduction to what lies ahead - Bruntnell’s voice is his second finest asset, second only to his songwriting.
Handful Of Stars - Normal For Bridgwater N.F.B. - Normal For Bridgwater Tabloid Reporter - Ends Of The Earth Here Come The Swells - Ends Of The Earth By The Time My Head Gets To Phoenix - Normal For Bridgwater Cosmea - Normal For Bridgwater Ends Of The Earth - Ends Of The Earth Lay Down This Curse - Normal For Bridgwater One Drink Away - Ends Of The Earth Darling I Suppose - Loose Sounds Of The Old West Shot From A Spring - Normal For Bridgwater Played Out - Normal For Bridgwater Perfume River - Ghost In a Spitfire Rio Tinto - Ends Of The Earth You Won't Find Me - Normal For Bridgwater Fear of Lightning - Ghost In a Spitfire Forgiven - Normal For Bridgwater Outlaw (May The Sun Always Shine) - Normal For Bridgwater