STRAIGHT JACKET VACATION
After the untimely death of Brett Walker last year, I held off my commentary on this album, released posthumously, wanting to let some healing happen before featuring this review.
This review is short.
Quite simply, this album is a classic, his best since Nevertheless.
While most readers will not know Brett Walker by name, due to his numerous contributions of songs for use in television programming (such as Sex And The City, Baywatch, One Tree Hill, Felicity for starters), it is quite probable you are familiar with his work.
Brett was born with a voice made for rock, and Straight Jacket Vacation is an album full of rock anthems and ballads that are tailor-made for that voice. In a world with radio, this would be full of radio hits.
Top notch songwriting, superior playing, and clean, balanced production. Did I mention the singing?
Tragically, this will be Brett's last album, and he goes out on a high note.
Available at NEH Records (US) and AOR Heaven (Europe).