Run to Brett Dennen

24 Jul

Brett Dennen’s “Sydney (I’ll Come Running)” sounds like something Paul Simon could have written and p along the lines of “Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard.” It has that Simon infectious energy, and Dennen even carries a bit of Simon in his voice, but it’s the upbeat melody and spunk that really links the two songs together giving it that retro feeling.

It’s impossible not to have a big grin on your face while listening to the song. Dennen knows exactly how to use his voice to its maximum capacity, busting out the falsetto when needed and singing with such enthusiasm that it’s bound to get many people dancing.

And while there is a throwback element to the song, it still feels modern and fresh. It’s not the type of song one would hear on top 40 radio but it’s a song that deserves to be blasted on radio stations across the country. It’s a feel good tune in the same weirdly charming way that “Me and Julio and Schoolyard “is both with some dark and light subject matter. And the upbeat tempo almost makes one forget what the tune is about, the contrast showcased perfectly.

Though released in 2011 it still sounds just as good in 2016, and somehow still manages to sound like something that could have come from decades earlier. All around a masterful song.



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