The Breretons Keep You Safe Album Review 2017 August 22nd 2017

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The Breretons “Keep You safe” is the new debut album release from Charlotte Brereton and her brother Marc Brereton, but it is far from the first step into music for either of them.  Charlotte and Marc have been writing songs together for a long time now, and both over the years have built up a well earned reputation in their local South East of England as singer-songwriters and performers at festivals and many of the popular local folk clubs and music venues.  Their hard earned reputation has been rewarded here as this album has allowed them to call on the services of other well respected musicians on this project.

Keep You Safe is a very well produced album and far past the production quality that you normally associate with an independently produced album, and the arrangements of the music on the 10 tracks on this album also display a maturity that is surprising so early in someone’s recording career.

The tracks on this album are all well thought out and individual pieces of music in their own right and show just how many different musical roads Charlotte and Marc have walked down to create this album, and also interesting possibilities of what directions these musical roads might take both of them in in the future.  One obvious thing listening to the tracks here is that although Charlotte and Marc have on some songs the close harmony arrangements that only two people who spend a lot of time together can ever have, they are also very different people musically, and this allows both of them to retain their own distinctive musical identities whilst at the same time allowing them to create something very different together.

Picking out just one track on this album would be unfair, so I won’t, but all 10 tracks have the same thing in common, and that is the quality of the songs themselves.  The styles may range from contemporary folk, traditional, harder rock style and haunting ethereal, but beneath all of the music is a gift for story telling in the lyrics of a song and the gift for wrapping often difficult subjects in haunting melodies.   I always hate to label artists into genre boxes and Charlotte and Marc are good examples of why not to do this, as this album crosses many musical genres with ease, and these are two singer-songwriters who should not be constrained by being pigeon holed into little music industry genre boxes .

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The Breretons "Keep You safe"

Track Listing

1 Keep You Safe

2 When We Were Young

3 Skin I Live In

4 Love It

5 Sweet Release

6 Locked Up

7 Fake

8 I Think I May

9 Boat Made Of Sand

10 Beast

 

Review by Tom King

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