For the Sake of the Song
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., April 29, 2011
Brian HudsonInto the Black (Strong Woman)
With the breakup of folkie favorites the Hudsons, Brian Hudson strikes out on his own with a set that's spare and deeply personal, yet sounds somehow incomplete. Hudson's simple melodies reach a naivete approaching Harry Nilsson at times, especially on the shimmering "The Shield," but too often Into the Black sounds like eight demos waiting for a band, musical ideas that Hudson hasn't quite thought through.