Brian Donahue | Strangest Love

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Strangest Love

by Brian Donahue

Emo-folk-rock woven in lush arrangements. "Soothing, intoxicating and poetic... a sure fire favorite for fans of Duncan Sheik, Elliott Smith, Damien Rice or David Hopkins." -
Genre: Rock: Emo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Useless
4:37 $0.99
2. Today Was My Home
3:27 $0.99
3. Hurricane
3:35 $0.99
4. Melting Ice
4:09 $0.99
5. Lullabye
3:35 $0.99
6. Strangest Love
4:29 $0.99
7. The Waves
2:23 $0.99
8. Hymn For Devotion
4:46 $0.99
9. Stewardess
2:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
From an early age, it was clear that Brian Donahue was drawn to irony and melancholy in music. As a toddler he could be found gleefully singing along to the Beatles' tongue-in-cheek murder anthem, "Maxwell's Silver Hammer," or listening in fearful amazement to Taj Mahal singing the story of "Stagger Lee." So it's not surprising that when Brian began to write his owns songs, he found himself drawing inspiration from the deep well of sadness and loss, and a sense of unfulfilled idealism, that seems to be a powerful source for so many songwriters. A strong lyricist whose introspective and personal verses strike universal chords of emotion, Brian finds catharsis in his songs. By completely immersing himself in a feeling or moment, he is able to achieve a sense of release that is evident in his performance.

Based in Philadelphia, Brian started his former band, Glori-H, in 1992, and performed and recorded with them through 2000. A rock group, Glori-H drew comparisons to contemporaries such as Live, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sunny Day Real Estate. After Glori-H, Brian focused on writing and performing solo acoustic material, while developing a new sound. With wide ranging influences - including artists such as Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, and Kristin Hersh - Brian combines elements of folk rock, pop, and emo to create a sound that is both moving and beautiful, exploring the full range of his dynamic tenor voice.

In early 2002, Brian joined with Russell Gellman on drums, and Russ Starke on bass to form a three-piece band that instills a powerful new energy in the music. After a successful debut show in June of 2002, and a spot on the Philadelphia showcase of the national TourBaby tour, they recorded Strangest Love and are eager to make themselves heard.



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Really Good Singer, Catchy Melodies, I Want More.
I've been listening to "Useless" and "Hymn to Devotion" in my car over and over and over again. It's driving everybody else on the freeway crazy. But I just don't care.

Dale Collett

An inspiration to those who love music from the heart
Having stumbled across this artists back catalogue on a few months back, I ordered the CD not really knowing what to expect.

From the opening notes on 'useless' I knew this was going to be truly special record. 'Useless' holds me spellbound on every listen, a song that evokes so much emotion. It's purity runs through the veins and is an enriching experience.

This is no one track record. The natural pure production leaves each track melting a hole under the skin and straight into the heart. 'Today was my home' has a wonderful mix of melody and a sense of yearning brought about by the slide guitar whilst at the same time being intriguing and very subtle.

I'm still hearing new textures to this beautiful album. An album that really touches me.

Soothing, intoxicating and poetic
Soothing, intoxicating and poetic, Brian Donahue is a sure fire favorite for fans of Duncan Sheik, Elliot Smith, Damien Rice or David Hopkins. Donahue blends a melancholy arrangements of acoustic and electric guitars with somber percussions to create emotionally-intense music. In "Strangest Love", a darker alternative track, he sings, "When you tear me down, I still hold you up/When I'm spilling over, you drink it up/I need this, it’s the strangest love." This guy has mystery oozing out of his mouth, and I must say, I’m intrigued. True talent in the adult alternative genre is yours, courtesy of this rising artist.

Heather (Tapping the Vein)

Look, i can't say enough about this CD. It makes me cry. Brian's voice is captivating and his choices of melody lines and song structures captures so much emotion that you have to hear to feel it.


Very moving and lofty...
Strangest Love is perfect for those mellow/chill moods we all love/hate to have. Brian's vocal stylings and lyrics really hit deep. Well produced and excellent rhythm section work (particularly the drums). Definitely a worthy purchase!!

Bruce McMahon

Perfect for the road
This CD has made it to my "road" list of CD I keep in my car at all times. A nice blend of mellow and crunch. Brian's vocals are right impressive and the music has a way of staying in your head after you've heard it. It not the same old pop you hear on the radio. I highly recommend this CD.

Frank from La Tazza 108, Philly

"sweet, warm, well written pop..."
"sweet, warm, well written pop that glides along like a spring evening"

Randall Bonnett

Brian has a wonderful voice, the lyrics are quite poignant and the entire CD is amazing. The record companies need to seek out this artist!