Duke Nguyen Browning - Nashville, Tennessee (The Singer) Vol 1

Published Tuesday 21st October 2008
Duke Nguyen Browning - Nashville, Tennessee (The Singer) Vol 1
Duke Nguyen Browning - Nashville, Tennessee (The Singer) Vol 1

STYLE: MOR / Soft Pop
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 48333-14423
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul Kerslake

This is an unusual album, which consists of 20 tracks divided into four sections; Country, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary Christian and Christmas. It came across to me initially as some sort of a demo that songwriters submit to publishers. But on reading up on the website, this album is designed so that the listener "is no longer limited to listening to one type of music from one CD album." It is the creation of Duke Nguyen Browning, a US-based songwriter who has clearly invested heavily in developing his ministry, hiring some quality Nashville session men to play his compositions. The songs are fairly well produced and are all moderately representative of the genre they've been accredited to, apart from the Contemporary Christian set which sounds extremely dated. But what truly makes this odd, faceless album all but unlistenable is the sheer mediocrity of Browning's compositions. Spending a small fortune on putting albums together is a waste of time if the material, as here, is just a jumbled set of musical and lyrical clich├ęs.

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