Bran­don Cole­man

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★★★ Re­sis­tance BRAINFEEDER. CD/DL/LP Synth player to the stars makes solo de­but.

A synth whiz whose cred­its in­clude Ka­masi Wash­ing­ton and Baby­face, Bran­don Cole­man’s de­but solo re­lease is a self-de­scribed “funk odyssey”. It’s a suite of songs about hu­man­ity, yet Cole­man sings through a talk­box that makes him sound like an amorous ro­bot. The thing is, Cole­man is such a fine song­smith and his pro­duc­tions so richly re­alised, the wall-to-wall cy­ber-vox dis­tract from his boun­ti­ful gifts. A Let­ter To My Bug­gers pos­sesses the ebul­lient bus­tle of Key Of Life-era Ste­vie, and al­bum stand­out Love is so un­abashedly ro­man­tic it makes Won­der sound like Crass. But it’s a protest song of sorts, a paean to love nei­ther ro­man­tic nor pla­tonic, but sim­ply the an­tithe­sis of hate. It’s mov­ing and res­o­nant and, like much of Re­sis­tance, could only be im­proved by dialling down that in­ces­sant talk­box.

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