Brianna Lea PruettBrianna Lea Pruett introduces us to an eclectic album with several highs and a few lows, but the overall total sum is still an interesting and engaging album.

Title: The Stars, The Moon, The Owl, The Cougar, and You
Artist: Brianna Lea Pruett
Label: Independent
Time: 13 tracks/42:07 min.

This album is a weird one to review. There almost seem to be two albums happening here. The first one is an incredibly inventive, diverse, quirky, and enjoyable set of songs. If you remember the Charlie Peacock-led sampler called One Point Oh a while back – these songs could fit on that sampler easily. But there are also an equal number of slow, sad songs that seems to bring the mood down a few notches (even though not all the other songs are necessarily “happy”). And not just slow, but almost dirge-like quality in some places. This was fine for a song or two, but just gets a bit depressing after several songs of the same mood. So while I completely recommend many of the songs on this album (especially clustered on the first half)… just be ready for mood swings. Maybe fans of this music love this kind of thing; however, it wasn’t my cup of tea. Luckily, I can focus on the songs that I do like, because those are really stand-out tunes.

By Matt Crosslin


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