The Long Night
Songs By: Michael Bradford
Distributed by: Varese Sarabande Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Writer, producer and musician Michael Bradford has performed with and written for a number of well-known artists including The Eurythmics, Kid Rock, Jem, Stevie Nicks, Deep Purple, Ringo Starr and more. Born and raised in Detroit, Bradford started out performing in local bands and working at recording studios. Discovering a love for the behind-the-scenes work of music recording, he began to learn musical composition, got into engineering and programming and became a big name among the elite music artist of the world. In May 2014, Varese Sarabande Records released Michael Bradford's debut solo album and G-POP received an opportunity to review it.
The songs found on The Long Night contain quite meaningful lyrics. According to Bradford's words on the album, these are the lyrics you work on long into the night at a time when you are contemplating the world and your role in it, religion, the demons that haunt you and more. The very first track, The Real California, featuring a haunting electronic funky sound and vocals by Bradford and guest artist Samantha Stollenwerck, has a thought provoking message. There is no denying that the grass is always greener in someone else's yard, so you make that journey to the other yard and realize you are unimpressed and want to go back. But what if going home is what you're actually running from? How can you ever find your way?
The hip-hop track Looking Up reminds us that while the world can be a dangerous and difficult place, you've got to believe that someone is looking down, waiting for all of us to look up. In other words, there is a master plan and someone is looking out for us if we will only look to him for help. Liz Primo is featured on the next track, No One But Myself to Blame, in which the singer realizes that she keeps falling into the same destructive patterns and has nobody to blame for the messes she gets into but herself. It's Happening features the vocals of old friend and recording artist Jem. The song discusses how emotions and fear can keep you from seeing the happiness that awaits you. Where Are All My Friends speaks of those individuals who pretend to be friends, but when the chips are down and you need the most support, they disappear. The tone is somewhat mocking in nature, wondering just what might have kept those friends away at the singer's darkest hour.
These are just some of the highlights of The Long Night, which features thirteen songs filled with thought-provoking lyrics, groovy beats and a great sound. It's rare that every track on a debut album is enjoyable. Often times, the best tracks are found at the beginning of the album and the rest are just filler. Not so with The Long Night in which each track is a terrific listening experience. What a great debut album! I can't wait to hear more from Michael Bradford!