Sunday ACL Fest Record Reviews

Brett Dennen

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Sunday ACL Fest Record Reviews

Brett Dennen's sixth studio album emerged from a period of personal and creative turmoil, yet the result feels more fueled by a Caribbean siesta. Recorded with Dave Cobb, the album broils with light calypso and reggae rhythms that still allow the raw earnestness of his songwriting to shine. Opener "What's the Secret?" fingerpicks easy beach melodies to the charming boardwalk serenade of "Cassidy" and "Bonfire." The back half mellows even more behind the California balladeer's creaking vocals, settling into soft turns like "Strawberry Road" and the sincere "Where We Left Off," and echoing the Grateful Dead on "Burning Spirit." (12:15pm, Samsung stage)


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