With his sophomore release entitled ‘Middle Of Nowhere’, Brinley Addington is showing that the time he has spent under the guidance of Chris Young the last few years is really paying off. Who better to learn from than one of the best male singers in country music today and a charismatic, seasoned performer, Young?
This 7-track EP produced by Phil O’Donnell and Aaron Eshuis showcases both Addington’s writing skills (co-writing 4 out of the 7 songs) and his strong, smooth voice. He’s got one of those voices where he could sing the phone book to you and you would be happy. You can easily hear the influence of Chris Young in his music, but Addington etches out his own sound with this album. The songs are well-written, radio-friendly, and delivered flawlessly by this up-and-coming country singer. I can easily say that I am very sure that this will not be the first nor last time that you hear of him.
From the moment I heard the first song to the very end of this release, my attention was held. There is not a weak song on this album, not anywhere close to it. If I have to chose a favorite, it would be the uptempo “Better When I’m Gone”; so catchy with heartfelt lyrics like: “Don’t want to feel miles apart, when I’m holding your heart.” I have listened to it 4 times in the last 30 minutes, if that tells you anything. Followed closely by the mid-tempo “Lonely Girl”. It is easy to like with lyrics like: “If you’d only let me hold you, girl, you’d never be lonely girl”. I really enjoy the lead single and title track “Middle Of Nowhere”. It’s a mid-tempo song that puts me in mind of a cross between Craig Morgan, Tracy Lawrence, and Chris Young. In fact, if you crossed those 3 artists, that’s what you would get with this whole album between his voice and the storytelling in the songs. Still distinctly Brinley Addington, though.
Traditional country and new country fans alike will enjoy this album. Coming out on August 5th, be sure to buy a copy on iTunes! This album is solid in every aspect and a must have for any country fan.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.