Artist: Jay Brannan
Bitrate: 142kbit av.
Size: 49.05 mb
Rip Date: 2008-08-23
Str Date: 2008-08-25
1. Can't Have It All 3:58
2. Half-Boyfriend 4:08
3. American Idol 3:46
4. A Death Waltz 3:55
5. At First Sight 3:50
6. Housewife 3:31
7. Goddamned 5:44
8. Home 2:15
9. Bowlegged & Starving 3:58
10. On All Fours 4:28
11. String-A-Long Song 4:53
Goddamned is a stripped down record filled with Brannan's
silky smooth voice and acoustic guitar (not to mention the
strings that pop up periodically). It's a brutally honest,
instantly relatable album full of some amazing songs about
love, heartbreak, living as a gay man, dating, and sex. It's
probably one of the best albums by a gay artist that I have
ever heard. Jay Brannan puts feelings that we've all felt one
time or another into his songs and it makes it almost like he
is singing about you. There are universal songs here that
anyone, gay or straight, can relate to.
It's a flawless record. Not a bad song among the 11 tracks.
Jay Brannan's lyrics are just amazing. In Bowlegged and
Starving he sings, "I have my laptop for pleasure and my
guitar for pain..." there is just something about the way he
sings that line that just hits home.
One of the highlights of the album is the title track. It's
about as epic as possible for an acoustic folk album. It's a
song about the state of the world and its religions. It is the
kind of song you just want to close your eyes and absorb.
Listening to this song isn't enough. You need to feel it. He
sings, "Mary and Muhammad are screaming through the clouds for
you to lay your goddamned arms down, rip your bigot roots from
the earth and salt the goddamned ground." To call it an
intense song is a mild understatement. He sings it with such
passion you can't help but be affected by it.
With Goddamned, Brannan has given us a pure album untouched by
corporate influence and it is a dream album. It's an album
that I have not been able to stop listening to since I
received it. Powerhouse artists like Alanis Morrisette and
Coldplay cannot come close to making an album like this. This
is an album Rufus Wainwright wishes he could have put out.