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A Monumental Debut
on 22 October 2013
Twelve Stories may be Brandy Clark's debut album but she's been a critically acclaimed songwriter on Nashville's Music Row for eight years now. Her acutely observed songs have been recorded by artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Reba McEntire, The Band Perry, Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves. Marty Stuart described her "as one of the greatest writers I've heard in a long, long time".
"Twelve Stories" is an album for grown ups, stylistically, musically, lyrically and conceptually. It is a collection of songs, written or co-written by Clark, woven around a theme of flawed but believable people caught up in sex, substances and sin including arson, abuse and murder.
There are no cliches here; these are lyrics written from the perspective of one who has observed life in all of its complexities with realism laced with wit and dark humour.
Musically it's a winner too with inspired melodies propelled by piano, fiddle, pedal steel and cello. From the poignant "Hold My Hand" and the driving "Stripes" to the gentle "Just Like Him" and the powerful "Hungover" it is a beautifully realised song cycle that is quite mesmerising in its structure and content.
In all senses this is a monumental debut and I am bewitched.