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A Capella

by Brenda Bennett

Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Say Love
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2. Follow Me
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3. Child of Light
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4. Burden of Desire
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5. Cry Me a River
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6. Jemmima
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7. I Wait For You
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8. Out of My Mind
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9. Shattered Dreams
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10. Sidewalk Messiah
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Jeremy Gloff

Brenda is back and not a moment too soon!
Brenda Bennett’s A CAPELLA is every bit the masterpiece that the VANITY 6 and APOLLONIA 6 albums were. Oddly, Brenda’s transition from 1980s Minneapolis pop to timeless roots songwriting feels surprisingly natural. With her voice always as the centerpiece, it is only the instrumentation and the passing of years that separates the material.

A CAPELLA opens with the “Say Love” - a breezy Eagles-shaded country-rocker. Brenda carries the song sounding timeless and wise. The chorus kicks in with a sincere jubilation.

“Follow Me”, the album’s first single, is a standard blues-rocker. In the video, Brenda is adorned with (I believe) the same back-up singers at the Ken Lyon video. It is clear both in the video and the vocal performance that Brenda is having the time of her life.

Track three, “Child Of Light” is a 6/8 Celtic swirl. Majestic, gorgeous. When Brenda hits her upper register it’s heavenly.

“Burden Of Desire”, the fourth track on A CAPELLA, finds Brenda tapping into her sensual side. A bluesier, more grown up “Some Kind Of Lover” - this track finds Brenda growling and alluring as only she can.

“Cry Me A River” - a reverb-laden meditation on friendship and disappointment is simply an ethereal knockout. In this track Brenda’s pledge of allegiance to “easy your troubled mind” is heartfelt and true.

It is with track number six that A CAPELLA, and Brenda Bennett reach their artistic zenith. “Jemmima” opens with a simple acoustic guitar figure. Quickly joined by an eerie electric lead, the song whisks you off your feet. All of the tough luck, hard living, and emotionality once hinted at by Brenda’s 1980s persona comes to full bloom this track. At once knowing, sorrowful, hopeful, wise, hurt, and healing, the wisdom of this song singlehandedly elevates Brenda Bennett to a higher caliber - just when you didn’t think it was possible. Sounding musically like a ghost from an early 1970s Fleetwood Mac album, “Jemmima” is a career highlight and masterpiece.

Following the intensity of “Jemmima” is the quiet and subdued “I Wait For You”. On this cut Brenda sounds romantic and solidified.

Track eight, “Out Of My Mind” find Bennett address the death of her brother. Sounding like an ancient country-and-western tune, “Out Of My Mind” is spiritual and knowing. I can’t express how thankful I am Brenda shook off her dusty and rusty guitar to write these songs.

“Shattered Dreams” is an acoustic and voice number. At one point towards the middle Brenda sounds straight off of Joni Mitchell’s FOR THE ROSES, taking advantage of that surprising higher register.

The album closes with the grooving “Sidewalk Messiah”. Throughout the album Brenda peppers in references to her faith in God. Myself, not being religious, didn’t find this distracting. If anything, it only added to the truth and sincerity of the record. It’s a true testament to the importance of expression through music when all belief systems are transcended by song. Believe or not, the truths about life, love, and living in A CAPELLA are undeniable.

It’s been almost thirty years since we’ve heard from Brenda Bennett. Let’s hope it doesn’t take that long to hear from her again. So far 2011/2012 is shaping up to be quite wonderful. I recently met Apollonia at Jill Jones' wedding, and a new album from Brenda just came into my life. Susan, can you hear us?

Although she might not be as well known as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, or Janis Joplin, Brenda Bennett plays in the same league. Her voice, her words, and her legacy is one of a kind - whether she’s singing to a Prince-penned track, or singing A CAPELLA.
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