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Randall Bramblett

  • That Other Mile [Polydor, 1975] B+
  • Light of the Night [Polydor, 1976] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

That Other Mile [Polydor, 1975]
A find. Transcending its well-connected professional genre, the slightly distracted passion of Bramblett's singing combines with his oblique fusion of Southern boogie, studio country-rock, and Caribbean polyrhythms to take the edge of privilege off his philosophical fatalism. His music is too warm and funny to sound self-satisfied, and the way he collects images around an aphoristic catchphrase is too open-ended to sound smug. Start with side two. B+

Light of the Night [Polydor, 1976]
Bramblett is a genuinely philosophical songwriter, an A student at a first-rate modernist seminary who hasn't lost his taste for the cracker barrel. His pessimism is gentle and good-humored, just like his soulful, pleasantly aimless music. Anybody who can follow a credible song about Karl Jung with another called "The Joke of the Coastal Plain" (that's us, fellow humans) is somebody you'll feel like listening to now and again. B+