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Brian McComas

Back Up Again – 2006 (Katapult)

Reviewed by John Walker

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Following up his 2003 self-titled debut and its top 10 hit "99.9% Sure (I've Never Been Here Before)," Brian McComas branches out by producing and having a hand in writing 10 of the 11 songs here. Wanting to maintain his fan base, he does not stray far away from his country roots here. The only cover is his take on the classic Everly Brothers hit "Wake Up Little Susie," where he throws in a nice driving drum beat.

McComas voice sometimes recalls Ronnie Dunn, which comes through alarmingly well in the title cut. His writing talent really shines on the slower ballads, ("All Comes Floodin Down" and "That Won't Ever Change"), which showcase his passionate singing style. Upbeat songs, such as "Addicted To You," however, lack the inspiration of the ballads.

McComas does a nice job not stretching past his abilities. The real highlights are the ballads, where he successfully tells a story and conjures feelings into his music.