Brian Hutson Presents New Album 'From Dreams to Screens'
Brian Hutson sings these ten songs in a breathy, quivery and oftentimes high vocal tone. These are decidedly pop songs, incorporating plenty of modern production touches. They’re also keyboard-centric and aimed right at contemporary pop radio. The album reveals Hutson’s keen pop instincts, again and again.
Hutson was ‘discovered’ by Joe Vulpis, who was also instrumental in helping to jumpstart Stefani Germanotta’s career, who is better known now as Lady Gaga. Vulpis id a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. The story goes that Hutson was discovered while singing at
a holiday party, so it goes to show you that you should never turn down an opportunity. You just never know.
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This album saves its best song for last. Titled “You & Me,” it feels like an old school rock ballad. It features Hutson’s most passionate lead vocal and includes a really sweet troupe of backing female vocalists. Instead of a bunch of electronic effects, this one rolls to a waltz time signature guitar accompaniment. It’s the kind of song you might picture an iconic artist, like Elvis, singing during one of his shows, and it’s a true winner.
Sex is on Hutson’s mind. A lot. In fact, the album opens with one titled “Horizontal.” It’s about a girl that may just think more about sex than does Hutson. It’s about a love that “only seems to want” Hutson when they’re both horizontal. Hudson even spells out the song’s one word title in the lyrics. The very next song is called “All Night Long,” which also pretty much leaves nothing to the imagination.
Love is not always smooth sailing in Hutson’s world, however. For instance, over a skittering groove, he complains about an unequal pairing during “One-Sided Love.” On it, Hutson sings in a lower vocal tone than many of the other album tracks. He even kinda raps some of its lyrics.
The album can generally be characterized as lovers rock, as its thirty-three minutes go down smoothly, from start to finish. It’s the sort of album that can be put on during an evening of lovemaking, as nothing is odd or jarring to interrupt the mood. Its ten songs all fit together well, like one continuous fairly similar sounding groove. Hutson isn’t trying to communicate any big social messages or be confrontational in any manner. Instead, he’s successfully created a romantic vibe, which is consistent from beginning to end.
In a way, this album is a little unusual. These are heady days, with a lot going on socially and politically. But the songs on this full-length could have been made at nearly any other time in U.S. history. This is
because, even though the world might appear to be topsy-turvy at the moment, love and romance still goes on. People don’t stop noticing physical attractiveness just because there’s trouble in the world --
even during a global pandemic. It’s good to be reminded that, with all the huge changes in daily life, some things never change. For instance, Hutson admits to being so hooked on a girl during “Okay.” This unbridled passion just seems to be missing from so much contemporary pop music.
The song sounds like a lot of those old Prince songs, which never pulled any punches. When Prince was horny, he never hesitated to come right out and say it. Same goes for Hutson.
With From Dreams to Screens, Brian Hutson has created appropriate music for those intending to get a little horizontal.