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The Rise and Fall of Responsibility

by The Brigadier

Quirky, melodic and ambitious pop rock.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Growing Up Is Hard to Do (Part 1)
3:32 $0.99
2. When Will I Be With You?
2:56 $0.99
3. The Language of Love
4:16 $0.99
4. Envy
3:30 $0.99
5. Une Soiree
3:21 $0.99
6. Under the Influenza
3:08 $0.99
7. Hot Toddy
0:38 $0.99
8. The Melancholy Days
3:44 $0.99
9. This, Is Why...
2:39 $0.99
10. What Can't Be Fixed
3:07 $0.99
11. The Box in the Back of My Mind
3:52 $0.99
12. Growing Up Is Hard to Do (Part 2)
8:03 $0.99
13. Facade
1:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
Influenced by the last 50 years of popular music from country to prog through balladry then electropop and beyond, The Brigadier unleashes an ambitious set of swinging baroque-pop dealing with love, illness and growing up!



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Dave (whiskerweasel) Mountain - Musician/Producer

The Rise...and rise of The Brigadier sound
Anyone already familiar with Matt (The Brigadier) Williams' work won't be suprised with the quality of both his songwriting and recording abilities, something Matt performs effortlessy.. but those who are new to his music, and are contemplating buying this, or any other of his albums, let me promise you one thing..you won't be dissapointed, this is a cracking platter of sound, 13 solid songs..gems that tantalise the hearingbuds of music fans of any age, a recommended buy for anyone..allow me to emphasise a little...

One could compare Matt's music to a lot of genres but there isn't a particular style or 'flavour' to his work, it is quite simply The Brigadier, genuine and unique these days when everyone seems to sound like everyone else..In fact all I can say is have a listen and make your own mind up, you might find a touch of The Beatles, Ray Davies, Paul McCartney, Marc Bolan prehaps? and even maybe a hint of the 1970's and also a shade of the 1980's in his music, but finding that out for oneself is what makes his music exciting, need a second opinion? Ok, go and try the sample play here of track 9 'This, Is Why' from 'The Rise & Fall of Responsibility' and it will tell you all you need to know about The Brigadier sound...in fact, play them all..you will be glad you did, then have a little ride out to his other albums, because after all his music speaks volumes for itself... and me?? Well, i'm just stating the obvious ;) DJM 2008.

Patrick Wilkinson

The Brigadier is back!
Well, what can I say? I've been listening to The Brigadier for a couple of years now and he just keeps getting better and better. The progression from 'View from the Bath' is evident from the first track- ‘Growing Up Is Hard to Do’. It kicks in with some great pop and harmonies and does not dip from then.

Keep up the great work Brigadier! Highly recommended!

Graham Shimell

This is a beautiful album. The sounds wash over you with waves of stunning harmonies, soothing melodies and perfect arrangements. The album is brilliantly put together making it a complete album rather than a batch of songs stuck together.
Occasionally some of the Brigadiers musical influences (Brian Wilson, Paul Mccartney etc) poke through his musical landscape. This is no bad thing when it is blended with an original and refreshing new sound. The changes, instrumentation and chord structures all help to create a symphony of sound. Just lie back with a cocktail on the beach preferably, but a garden will suffice and listen to this amazing album.

Waterbaby™ - singer/musician

Fresh, New, Addictive!
The Rise & Fall Of Responsibility is an absolutely unbelievable album. The Brigadier (Matt Williams) is refreshingly talented and melodic with a vocal range to rival any established recording artist. His excellent guitar playing and well-honed performance skills make listening to him a magical experience. There are no bad tracks, just out and out pop music to make you laugh, dance, cry or chill. You must own this album! No collection is complete without it!

Ismet Mustafic

Even better than the last one!
A fine album of music, and for those of you who enjoy high quality production you won't be disappointed. The melodic, harmonic and rhythmic range far exceeds anything I've heard in many years, resulting in music which constantly surprises, retains interest and takes you on a musical journey of delight! I can't recommend it enough.


Pure Magic..once again!!!
"About a year ago I fell totally in love with The Brigadiers "View from the bath" and I have had high expectations on this new cd...Am I disappointed?NO WAY....Im totally taken by his brilliance and talent!!!The songs are pure magic... Its amazing!Fresh and unique yet familiar in a nice way:)I tell you :Im totally addicted to this cd aswell as his others and look forward to many more to come;)The Brigadier is a MUST HAVE in your collection!!!"

Melancholy Days

Great stuff!
It's hard to believe that this is just one guy and his computer/keyboard/guitar... It sounds as if it were crafted in a multimillion dollar studio circa 1979. There are a lot of people who record records at home just like The Brigadier, but they don't usually sound this good...!

The whole thing is solid, smart pop craftmanship, produced with impeccable taste. Teenage Fanclub, Queen, 10cc, and ELO fans should find much to rejoice about here!

Terry S.

The Rise and Fall of Resposibility
I Don't know how he does it! The "View from the Bath" album is a stunning collection of songs, and the follow up takes The Brigadier's work to another level. Not only are the songs among his best, but the arrangements and production show how much thought and care has gone into this fine album. You will want to return to this C.D. time and again. Excellent!

Ann Koss

The best ever!
Matt Williams aka 'The Brigadier' has outdone himself with this album. It's his best yet! I recommend if you don't have it already, snap it up before it's gone! I'm a high school music teacher and let me tell you, I amd my students LOVE it. In fact, they love it so much they are going to play the entire C.D. at the senior prom next week! Matt's music appeals to young and old alike. I played it in my classroom and the principle who is in his 60's came in and was bopping around with the kids :).

Kelvin MacGregor

This excellent eagerly-awaited new album from The Brigadier has become something of an event in the indie music world and with the artist’s own HUGE loyal and devoted following of fans on his popular MySpace music page in particular.

A follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2007 hit “View From The Bath“, this album is right up on par with that one. And with a growing depth of maturity in his vision now, The Brigadier has never been so cool creatively with his unique take on the world.

The appeal of the album, like its predecessor, lies in its unique, offbeat, highly-original intelligent pop music - cleverly crafted, super-catchy songs ranging from atmospheric moody ballads to infectious dance-floor fillers bursting with clap-happy beats and singalong choruses to shout out at any office party or club night rave.

From the opening track “Growing Up Is Hard To Do Part 1” right through to the tumultuous finale of the song revisited again in “Part 2” you are in for a special treat that is just a pure joy to the ears. Sandwiched between these two brave and ambitious songs - which share the same title and theme but are completely different in style - are a rare collection of reflective stories from a master song smith writing at the top of his craft which sets the scene of the title “The Rise And Fall Of Responsibility”.

The album simply oozes with sheer emotion and there are some real heartbreakingly beautiful moments with those gorgeous little gems “Hot Toddy”, “The Melancholy Days” and “Façade”.

But it’s the big party stompers that have become The Brigadier’s niche, with nicely fashioned favourites full of nostalgia for the great hits of yesteryear like the throwback T-Rex sound of “This Is, Why …” to modern classics of his own with what is sure to be this year’s ‘summer of love’ anthem “The Language Of Love” and the edgy jangly guitar rocker “The Box In The Back Of My Mind” … all with The Brigadier’s trademark Beach Boys-style high harmonies and quirky lyrics full of melancholic irony that are delivered perfectly with his distinctive soft sexy melodic vocal.

What’s most amazing is The Brigadier (Matt Williams) is a one man band, writing, performing and producing all the songs himself. An artist dedicated to his craft, this album really is a labour of love music lovers will cherish.

“The Rise And Fall Of Responsibility” is with us at last.

This is the hip HOT album to have this summer!

(Kelvin MacGregor is an award-nominated internationally published journalist. He has written for publications such as Empire, Elle and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of the film biography Kevin Costner: Prince Of Hollywood and the novel Here We Go!, published by Random House. He is also a No.1 hit singer-songwriter and MySpace Top 20 recording artist)