Photo by Nicole C Kibert
so sing a song for the no-hit wonder
though it isn’t one of his
Cory Branan’s second LP for Bloodshot Records, The No-Hit Wonder, opens with a fuzz of guitars and the title track, a ballad for the musicians who never catch a break but keep at it anyway. It’s a fiery start to a spectacular record, and full of Branan’s wry sense of humor and spot-on lyrics.
Earlier this week I told Twitter that I would put this album in my top ten for the year at least three times, and I meant it — The No-Hit Wonder captures every single piece of Branan’s talent for self-satirization (go check out “The Prettiest Waitress In Memphis” from his first record, if you wonder what I mean) and nail-on-the-head accurate observations. This song could be hang-dog or pathetic, and it isn’t, and that’s why he’s so good at what he does: “The No-Hit Wonder” gets everything about the life of a musician right, with a chorus you won’t be able to get out of your head, and absolutely no feeling sorry for anyone, especially yourself.
And you know what? That’s just the first track, the title track, which you can stream below. The rest of the album is this good and better, which means you need to go pre-order it from Bloodshot Records right now, or you’re gonna miss out on something spectacular. I know I’m bossy about albums a lot, but I promise you that you’ll regret not hearing this one the day it comes out. Listen to “The No-Hit Wonder” and tell me I’m wrong. I dare you.