Scott Brookman

The Man from Operations and Three Others

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The debut CD EP by Richmond, VA's Scott Brookman sounds a little like Todd Rundgren convincing Brian Wilson to go new wave. The piano-based title track is an insistently catchy ditty with a nagging little falsetto vocal hook and some particularly Something/Anything?-style harmonies. The dreamy "I Am Thinking About You" adds an early-'70s Beach Boys vibe, down to the "bow-bow-bow" vocals and the organ accents, a vibe the Pet Sounds-style opening of the multi-part instrumental "Sacrosanct Sundae" takes a step further. (This track is a near-total Wilson homage, and it's probably the best thing on the disc.) The closing "Emma Peel" reverts to the Rundgren influence and adds a touch of either the Kinks or the Dukes of Stratosphear. Clearly, Brookman is a talented mimic, but there's not a single moment on this EP that's not directly reminiscent of other, better artists. Still, this is an engaging way to spend 12 minutes.

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