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CD REVIEW: David Brookings - Obsessed
By Chris Propfe - 02/13/2008 - 08:32 AM EST

Artist: David Brookings
Album: Obsessed
Genre: Easy Listening
Sounds Like: Beach Boys, Rooney
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Best Songs: I'm Not Afraid, Obsessed, McKinley Gail
CD Review: I canít help but get a Rooney vibe when I listen to David Brookings. The song structures and vocal arrangements also bring to mind classic 60ís bands like The Monkees and The Zombies.

Iím Not Afraid has an infectious sing-along chorus that is doubled by the guitar. Get Behind Me reminded me of everything that I like about the Beach Boys. Obsessed is an acoustic ballad that could be autobiographical which makes it even more interesting (ďYou gotta be strong/ Or youíre never gonna make it big/ I stare at the sun and you think I get depressed/ Not at all Iím just obsessedď). Note to the listener: itís lyrics are the only lyrics printed in the CD booklet.

Whatís Wrong With Nikki? must be a lost track from the Pet Sounds sessions. The harmonized vocals, chord changes, and simple but meaningful lyrics would make even Brian Wilson proud.

I also enjoyed The Festival. It has a garage rock groove that is augmented by some short vocal/guitar fills that bring the whole vibe together.

One of my favorite tunes has to be McKinley Gail. It is another acoustic story-song that makes a great closer to the album. With childlike lyrics and an innocent arrangement, it leaves the listener wanting more. So hit repeatÖ

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