MDM Records 2001
(8 April 2001) The first single from Bridin Brennan is entitled
"Hang On" (Grapevine (Ireland) CDGPS 300, 2001). Released in anticipation of
her full length album, the single includes the title track and a second vocal
number entitled "Deep Deep Sleep." An instrumental version of "Hang On" is
also included on the CD. Bridin is the youngest of the Brennan clan from
Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland. Produced in Dublin by Chris O'Brien and
Graham Murphy, Bridin is backed by Ray Harman (guitars), Wayne Sheehy (drums)
and Karen Hamill (backing vocals).
In contrast to the melancholy music of her sisters Enya and
Máire, Bridin's music is evidently more accessible and pop-oriented. "Hang
On" is a medium tempo track; Bridin's soft vocal textures are similar to
her sisters'. The accomplished vocal delivery is obviously the result of
years of backing the family band Clannad. From her management, musically
very different from her siblings, she still has the unmistakable haunting
voice that is peculiar to her family. This quality blended with outstanding
contemporary songs looks like bringing another generation of this family
to the forefront of chart music once again."
The everso gentle ballad "Deep Deep Sleep" is evocatively
and sensually sung over light guitar, keyboard and percussion, and provides
an enlightening contrast to the title track. Its lovely instrumental bridge
and the instrumental version of "Hang On" both illustrate the superb
contemporary arrangements we can expect on Bridin's forthcoming album.
At this time the single is available only in Ireland yet we fully expect
the album to be released worldwide. Corrs and Naimee Coleman fans alike
will be keen to hear it; worth a journey, like this debut single, we
anticipate the album will be a must listen!