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ICU In Dandylions

by Regan Lane and BrokenNess

Mix The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper', Bob Dylan's 'Blood On The Tracks', a recovering heroin addict, the faith and love of a child and the power of music and you get the new, darkly inspirational CD 'ICU In Dandylions'.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Mr.Indecision
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2. I Feel Bad
3:41 $0.99
3. Junkie
2:46 $0.99
4. Selfish Sadness
2:59 $0.99
5. Grain Of Sand
4:03 $0.99
6. Never Be The Same
2:56 $0.99
7. Look At Me
3:25 $0.99
8. Embrace
3:46 $0.99
9. The Ocean Makes Her Cry{Tara}
3:45 $0.99
10. The Crutch Of Every Fool
2:58 $0.99
11. In A Song
3:24 $0.99
12. ICU In Dandylions
3:13 $0.99
13. U Won't Believe
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"... 'ICU In Dandylions' explodes into a rainbow of emotions....
one of those scarce indie pop albums that fashions on groups like The Beatles and Kinks rather than just pay tribute to them." Ron Swarner/The Weekly Volcano

Mix The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper', Bob Dylan's 'Blood On The Tracks', a recovering heroin addict, the faith and love of a child and the power of music and you get the new CD 'ICU In Dandylions' by Northwest singer-songwriter-musician-producer Regan Lane and his band BrokenNess.

The seed for the idea of the band name BrokenNess was first planted in Regan Barger's head in a drug and alcohol treatment center as an in joke to describe the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the general population. Gallows humor. When Regan returned from his 28 day sabbatical with a new outlook on life he enlisted the help of his songwriting partner, best friend and bass player extraordinaire Ray Hartman and drummer/percussionist Dane Estepa to create ICU In Dandylions, a collection of songs from the previous years experiences. The songs that had been written are snapshots of those times {drugs, divorce, parenting his daughter and search for self and God along with some of the various characters that had crossed Regan's path} and new songs were added to reflect the uncertain yet bright future. Regan explains
In the early fall of 2000 my then four year old daughter Moyra and I were driving past a 7/11 on the way to Grandma Nikki's house when she blurted out " I see you in dandelions daddy". I proceeded to tell her that was silly, but she insisted. "No daddy, it's true. I see you in dandelions, and Kali saw you too!"{Kali is my niece and my daughters buddy}
That statement from my daughter {and the conviction behind it} swirled around in my head for a couple of days. And then on a Saturday evening I sat down with my acoustic guitar, and the song just came out.
The simple words from my daughter were a turning point in my recovery. I see it as divine intervention. The story of the dandelion, which after dying and being spread across the skies yet coming back stronger than ever, became my story.
A rebirth.
Nominated for CD Of The Year for 2003 on Kweevak.com ICU In Dandylions has been met with unanimous critical acclaim for the concept and songwriting,{As individual songs these cuts shine with intelligence and dedicated pop sensibilities. As a collection, this record is a work of art. IndieMusicReview.com} the vocals {Barger has an absolutely amazing voice, sonorous and melancholy...his music just dominates a room._Holly Day_MusicDish.com} and the musicianship {incredible bass lines, energized guitars, precise percussion._ Laura Turner Lynch_Kweevak.com}.

If you love classic British style pop in the vein of The Beatles, Crowded House or XTC you will LOVE the new BrokenNess CD. So don't be shy. Buy a copy for yourself and be inspired. Or buy a copy for someone who is going through some tough times and show him or her that people can escape the traps that we all fall into from time to time.
Since there inception, and more so now with the release of ICU In Dandylions, BrokenNess' music has become a mantra of hope, not only for it's members but for anyone that has struggled with who they are and where they are headed.



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Don Hash

Clever, heartfelt lyrics. Shining musicianship. A fun album.
The songs that Regan Barger has written on "ICU In Dandylions" come clearly from the heart and soul. Regan has a knack for clever, touching lyrics without being coy. The musicianship shines throughout and at times dazzles. Vocals, guitars, bass, drums and keyboards are all first rate. The harmonica playing is outstanding. There is some great harmonizing here. I experience a wide range of emotions listening to this album. This is ear candy! Don Hash, Spiritsong, Sacramento, CA.

Muzik Reviewz

Muzik Reviewz reviews BrokenNess' ICU in Dandylions
There is NOT one aspect of this cd that deserves a negative response. Muzik Reviewz now has the distinct pleasure and honor of reviewing the'ICU in Dandylions'cd.

When you mix spectacular A1 vocals with superb instrumentals and excellent written material, produced and engineered, it is no wonder you end up with hot hot music like what is on 'ICU in Dandylions' cd.

It doesn't matter what your musical preferences are, all listeners will love this cd and you will not be able to put it down, its one of those cd's that the more you listen-the more you crave it.

To name just a few of the tracks, otherwise I would be listing the whole cd as my favorite:'Mr. Indecision'will start you off loving this cd...'Junkie' along with everything else has some rich keyboard action... 'Selfish Sadness' hot harmonica gets my attention ev' time...'Grain of Sand' shows some awesome love for a child...'Look at Me' was one of my favs, gave me chills and tears all at the same time...'The Ocean makes her Cry (Tara)' has that beatle overtones with a kick...'In a Song' has a spectacular and loving end. Pay attention - you'll hear the love...'ICU in Dandylions' will touch your heart and soul, the vocals and music is packed full of love.

I recommend all listeners to purchase this 'ICU in Dandylions'. This will definitely be the best buy for your money..

Janet Dinwoodie

Reg at his best
I've been a fan of Regan's since his Strypes days, and could tell from this cd all that he's gone through since. Amazing Reg, here's to you and all you love, and congratulations on keeping the music in your soul and sharing it with all of us.


I really love this cd!!
This cd is so awsome!!!!!! I love the song dandilions. It is very good. I also like your song I'm just a grain of sand. That is my favorite song in the world. Love you Uncle regan!


You rock Uncle Regan!!!!!!
Now, i really really really love the song Junkie. You are very inpireing to write my report on. You know what, I think I will.

Laura T. Lynch, Kweevak.com

Washington trio-Brokenness has a contemporary sound touched by The Beatles with a bit of Bowie. At times, the lead vocalist and main songwriter, Regan Barger sounds like John Lennon. This rock group incorporates strong bass lines, reserved precise percussion, energized guitars, trippy keyboards and tight harmonies to create a solid sound. Brokenness merges psychedelic pop with 90's alternative in honest intimate songs. This thirteen-track collection is well rounded with good chord progression, professional musicianship, clean production and expressive vocals. 'Junkie' opens with a smoldering guitar, incredible bass lines, a sorrowful insightful melody and a cool sound. The pain and anguish is apparent in this moving tale. 'Tara' has a solid groove, a catchy hook line and good use of the loops. 'The Crutch of Every Fool' starts off with funky drumming and bass and moves into a reflective rap, swirling loops and a soulful harmonica. Overall, Brokenness has picked up the pieces of rock history and glued it together with modern music to create a compelling collection of songs.

Buhdge: Written by Alan Huber

Tremendous Achievement! Pure Pop with Wit ,Heart And Soul.
If you do a Google search for Beatlesque pop, the first hit you get is for Washington state musician Regan Lane. Upon hitting his homepage, you see that Lane bills himself as a "pure pop singer songwriter," and damn if that isn't the case. ICU in Dandylions is chock full of sunny, hooky melodies, but what sets it apart from other sunny, hooky pop albums is the often dark subject matter, and Lane's keen ability to come up positive in the end.

The baker's dozen songs on ICU in Dandylions, buoyed by Lane's powerful, expressive vocals, present a talented artist, steeped in the traditions of sixties and seventies pop, who bounced back from drug addiction and a less-than-rosy personal life to greet the here and now and future with boundless optimism and enthusiasm. ICU in Dandylions is that rarest of albums: thoughtful and perceptive on one level, and joyous and overwhelmingly positive on another. Through it all, you will be treated to one of the most incredibly talented, heretofore overlooked and under appreciated artists working in music today.

The Rubber Soul-esque opener, "Mr. Indecision," presents a man unsure of how to negotiate the world, wanting to do the right thing, but unable somehow to set off on his way. "I Feel Bad" keeps the mid-period Beatles groove going while telling the story of one man's personal undoing. "Junkie," featuring a deliciously catchy chorus with great harmony backgrounds, and the bluesy Rembrants-meets-the Beatles' "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" "Selfish Sadness" find him taking stock of his situation. And "Grain of Sand," with its wonderful, harmony-filled mid section, points the way to a bright future when the man becomes a father and is transcended by the experience.

The title song, a gorgeous ballad with an Elizabethan tinge, is a love letter to the love of Lane's life, his daughter Moyra, to whom the album is dedicated. It is a song of hope, and it is an instant classic, beautifully arranged, played and sung.

The entire album is beautifully arranged, played and sung. Pop sense this keen and inspirational doesn't deserve to remain unnoticed outside of Lane's home turf. You can choose to get deep into the lyrics, for an emotional experience, or simply enjoy the masterfully-crafted music. Either way, ICU in Dandylions is a tremendous achievement, a pure pop album with wit and heart and soul.

Don't let this one slip away.

Duiane Rice

enjoyable listening,songs that touch you
My kind of music. Songs that matter
icu care
Keep up the great music

Jeff Leisawitz

Guitar Pop That Matters
Pop music is everywhere. But these days, instead of melodies that matter, the music machine tends to blare out meaningless, watered down tunes with no true intention. Then, just when you were about to throw your radio out the window, Tacoma, Washington's BrokenNess, busts onto the indie scene with a record that is pure pop heaven. The way it should be.

While the lyrics to these tunes detail loneliness, addiction and despair, the music is generally light, clean and instantly memorable. The album opens with "Mr. Indecision," a brief character sketch that paints gray skies with a harmony chorus and a mid-tempo hook that uses melancholy and music to sets the tone for the rest of the journey.
As the album moves through the chronology of depression ("I Feel Bad') and addiction ("Junkie", "Selfish Sadness") the listener gets a deeper sense of the bottomless pain that permeates this singer's world.The acoustic rhythm of "The Ocean Makes Her Cry (Tara)" , the seventies funk of "The Crutch of Every Fool" and the sweet redemption of "ICU in Dandylions" round out the set as some of the album's most important moments.

The songcraft on BrokenNess's ICU in Dandylions is worlds ahead of the mainstream. As individual songs, these cuts shine with intelligence and dedicated pop sensibilities. As a collection, this record is a work of art.

Instead of using flashy videos and millions of marketing dollars to move units, this band leverages the real power of music to communicate ideas in song. Radio programmers, label execs and music fans alike should clue in and take a hint from this very talented northwest trio.

Craig's Music Club

Fine meaningful pop CD
The title is twee but the music contained inside ICU in Dandylions is nothing short of remarkable. BrokenNess are pop craftsmen of the highest order, making fun, upbeat songs reminiscent of a cross between the Beatles and Michael Penn. Regan Barger, Ray Hartman, Dane Estepa, and company have serious messages lurking just underneath these light and fluffy tunes--lyrics about divorce, addiction, and love for one's child that are as moving as any of the oh-so-sincere ballads now on the market. Rich harmonies, passionate lyrics, and ear-filling sound (Phil Spector would be proud) rule the day, perfectly combining the Beatles and Michael Penn comparisons into something that is truly original. Barger and BrokenNess are bound to be forces to be reckoned with--the music is too good to be otherwise.
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