Funny enough, I had never heard of Cory Branan before this album. It turns out he’s been around for about 15 years. Whoops. Anyway, The No-Hit Wonder has a lot going for it. My worry is that Branan will remain just that because his music doesn’t fit neatly into one genre. It’s an unfortunate reality in today’s industry.
Branan has a soothing vocal delivery that makes it apparent he enjoys what he’s doing. It’s definitely a feel-good album, with the underdog theme pervading every song. It manifests itself in all kinds of musical forms, such as the spirited “The Highway Home” and the rockabilly stomper, “Sour Mash.” There are a few forgettable tracks, but nothing outright terrible.
The unquestionable highlight, in my mind, is “You Make Me.” Set to an infectious hook, a foot-tapping backbeat, and lively piano, Branan gives his most enthusiastic vocal performance. It’s Rolling Stones meets Black Crowes. Listen to this one, if nothing else.
Rating: 3.25 / 5
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