David Brookings – Mania at the Talent Show
I’m a sucker for jangly, character driven power pop songs. If you’re like me, you’re gonna really like the new David Brookings album. Set for release on November 12, Mania at the Talent Show is his ninth full-length album and in my opinion, his best.
The mid-tempo “Hard Times” leads things off. Thoughtful lyrics wrapped in an engaging melody and perfectly placed piano riffs make for an ideal start. The wordsmith in Brookings comes out in “One of Us Is Crazy (the Other One Is Me)”. Not only is the chorus the payoff line, it’s also a monster hook and the album’s defining moment for me. It’s one of the better tracks of 2021.
While “One of Us” is an instant favorite, it is by no means the only highlight. The cover of Tom Petty’s “Magnolia” is another jangly earworm that’ll stick with the listener long after the initial listen.
“Kill Shot” reminds me of Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” and “Mania at the Talent Show” is a bouncy, story-song that’ll keep you engaged until the very end. With “Hide Your Crazy” the singer/songwriter demonstrates a keen sense of humor – and provides us with some good advice, too.
Get David Brookings’ New CD
David Brookings’ Mania at the Talent Show is another winner from a singer/songwriter who gets better and better with each successive release. You can GET THE CD at his website and the digital version through iTunes.