The Brilliant Mistakes – Distant Drumming [Album Review]

by Woody on July 23, 2009

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I’m a little late to the party on this excellent NY act called The Brilliant Mistakes. Distant Drumming was released last year, five years after its predecessor Dumb Luck. And it was dumb luck that allowed me to find Distant Drumming as it was a recommendation on eMusic.

It took one spin to become enamored with this infectious album. It sounds as if the two principle songwriters, Eric Philbrook and Alan Walker, spent a weekend delving into vast record collections for inspiration. You’ll hear everything from The Kinks, Squeeze, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello as well as some comparisons to newer acts like Sam Champion, Long Winters and Wilco.

The 10 songs flow with ease and purpose making this more than just a random collection of tunes. My favorites include the reflective “Good Year For A Change,” the lounge song “Becoming,” and the poignant “Water Falling Down.” They offer a brilliant closer in the alt-country number, “Wake Up Your Heart.” Not enough good things to say about this gem. Just go download it.

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