by Paul BrandtPaul Brandt


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Canadian country star Paul Brandt celebrates his first decade in the genre with this record, his fifth studio effort in twice as many years. Given the album's title, it's appropriate that Risk takes a few more chances than Brandt's past work -- and, as a result, it's a bit more rewarding than anticipated. There's plenty of radio-friendly country-pop songs here, such as the opening "Didn't Even See the Dust." And while the lengthy fade out seems to drag the effort down slightly, the singer has much better luck with "The Little Space Between," which is a bit leaner and more concise. From there, Brandt delivers a three-minute, quasi-Southern and rather groovy tune ("Come On & Get Some," which brings to mind the likes of Big & Rich or Montgomery Gentry), an examination of contemporary life and all its gadgetry ("Virtual Life"), and a large, orchestral-tinged power ballad that would give Tim McGraw a run for his money ("That's Worth Fighting For"). The title track, meanwhile, is probably the prettiest sounding track of the bunch, as Brandt doesn't seem determined to force the string-laced song into his natural country niche. The song that seems to be the biggest disappointment, on the other hand, might be the lengthy and somewhat draggy "Hold On (Love Will Find You)," which never truly evolves into anything grand. Fortunately, a song like the gentle and melodic "Scars Are Beautiful" shows the better side of Brandt's work. The same can certainly be said on the tender closer, "Out Here on My Own."

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/2018
Label: Brand T
UPC: 0776974251822
catalogNumber: 2518
Rank: 85064


  1. Didn't Even See the Dust
  2. Come on & Get Some
  3. Virtual Life
  4. That's Worth Fighting For
  5. Risk
  6. Country Girl
  7. Hold On (Love Will Find You)
  8. Learning How to Let It Go
  9. Scars Are Beautiful
  10. A Friend Like This
  11. The Little Space Between
  12. Out Here on My Own

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Brandt   Primary Artist
Dave Cleveland   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Scott Dente   Acoustic Guitar
Chris Dunn   Trombone
Connie Ellisor   Violin
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Gordon Mote   Piano,Hammond Organ
Alison Prestwood   Bass
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Steve Rosen   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Pamela Sixfin   Violin
Wanda Vick   Dobro,Fiddle,Mandolin
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Dan Needham   Percussion,Drums
Carole Neuen-Rabinowitz   Cello
Liz Brandt   Background Vocals
Terry White   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dave Browning   Engineer
Ben Fowler   Engineer
Steve Rosen   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Paul Brandt   Composer,Producer
Patrick Duffy   Artwork
Liz Brandt   Executive Producer

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