Review: Jesse Brewster "Wrecking Ball At The Concert Hall"

Jesse Brewster has a unique Red Dirt voice that defies his California roots, and Brewster's new project "Wrecking Ball At The Concert Hall" sounds more like an album from a Texas or Oklahoma country rocker than a singer songwriter who makes his home in Berkeley, California.

The album begins with the anthemic "All Those Things I Said," which offers a melodic chorus and a passionate performance from Brewster. The next cut "Fuel For The Fire" has a retro-80s feel, but it is the third track, "All She Deserves," where Brewster is allowed to showcase his rich and passionate vocals the best. Likewise, the dark "Dive To Drown In" illustrates Brewster's Americana potential more than any other song.

The hard-edged "God Fearin' Man" is a triumph that will have live audiences rockin' the night away. The most interesting song on the album is "My Great Escape" which manages to successfully merge a Nirvana-esque grunge sound combined with Texas country elements reminiscent of melodic groups such as The Randy Rogers Band.

The best song on the album is the understated "Sometime." While the song would not be a particularly strong radio cut, it showcases Brewster's musical artistry more than any other song on the album. "Consider This" has much of the same charm, and listeners will get lost in the haunting vocal performance.

The best chance for a major radio hit is probably the upbeat "I'm Not Broken" which fires on all cylinders, including superb instrumentation. The album ends with "Sorry Ain't Enough," and the nuanced vocal performance helps make it a success.

"Wrecking Ball At The Concert Hall" is a truly unique album that is not easy to place in a specific genre. With elements of rock, folk, Americana and country, Jesse Brewster is an artist that will appeal to a wide variety of music lovers. He has everything he needs to succeed in the future, and here's hoping that Jesse Brewster survives the wrecking ball that is the rough-and-tumble music industry of the 2010s. Indeed, "Wrecking Ball At The Concert Hall" only whets the appetite for more.