3 Song Sampler: Brett Dennen

3 Song Sampler has been an all-female affair, but these days my musical life is divided fairly equally between male and female musicians. One of the guys in the mix is Brett Dennen. Although I had a disappointing concert experience with him last spring, I still enjoy listening to his albums. There’s something very appealing about this gawky redhead with over-sized glasses.

1. “Sydney (I’ll Come Running)”

From his latest album Loverboy, “Sydney” is one of the catchiest songs that I’ve come across in years. I defy you not to sing along with the chorus.

2. “Make You Crazy”

While he writes some straight-up catchy tunes, there’s a groovy side to Brett Dennen as well. “Make You Crazy” also has his traditional blend of playful and political lyrics.

3. “Ain’t No Reason”

Things aren’t always so upbeat in Brett Dennen land. When he puts on his folksinger hat, they can get downright tragic. Yet he’s still a hopeless romantic at heart.


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