Brady Brock's I Will Live In You Where Your Heart Used To Be
J. Gordon
8/18/2003 11:20:49 AM

A lot of comparisons have been made between Brady Brock and Elliott Smith, and it’s easy to see why: they’re both gifted, indie-pop-emo songwriters, searching the glum, darker recesses of the psyche in story songs that are all about things like love, non-love, and anti-love.

Brock’s debut album, I Will Live In You Where Your Heart Used To Be [Feel Records] is simple and memorable, occasionally sounding like stripped down John Lennon solo stuff, only with a sweeter voice. While the musicianship is solid and pleasant to the ear, it’s basic acoustic with little accompaniment beyond Brock’s lonely voice. To listen to the lyrics is to feel like you’re eavesdropping, or reading a diary entry. The words aren’t too pretty, and there are few poetic acrobatics. Brady Brock clearly wrote these out of raw emotion, maybe originally for his ears only, and that’s where the strength of the music lies.

Where Brock’s path diverges from Smith’s is mainly in the production. Smith’s last couple albums have layers and layers of vocal harmonies, while Brock is straight-up, Lou-Barlow-ish, what-you-hear-is-what-you-get. And maybe he’s onto something. After all, Elliott Smith, in true indie-style, has been feeling “too produced” and is stepping away from his Dreamworks label for his next album which is supposed to have more of a raw feel.


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