Artist Alex James Brierley is a young rising star who has been playing the piano since he was six and has toured supporting the likes of Space and Scouting For Girls. On this EP he has enlisted the talents of highly regarded producer Steve Levine (Culture Club, The Beach Boys) and recorded in the legendary Abbey Road studios.
The lead song ‘Listen’ (on here twice, the full version and a radio edit) is a blissful piece of upbeat piano led pop rock, with its memorable chorus and lush production it is made for daytime radio and deserves to be a hit. Echoes of Coldplay in the sound, which is no bad thing considering that band’s success. But Alex James Brierley has a surprise for us on the rest of the EP as ‘Wait On The Floor’ taps into an indie rock sound with chiming guitars and a trippy beat. The other song on here ‘Opening Doors’ is mellower affair and shows Alex’s voice off to good effect.
Alex James Brierley is certainly one to watch based on this classy EP. Looking forward to hearing more from him and where his musical muse takes him. ****
Review by Jason Ritchie
The former Horwich St Joseph’s RC School pupil has performed as part of bands and supported Reverend and the Makers, playing at The Macron Stadium on the hallowed turf of his beloved Bolton Wanderers in front of over three thousand fans. and recently at the World Famous Cavern Club in Liverpool for the BBC Radio Merseyside.
BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris listeners will also be able to hear him on the show soon.
Most recently he joined Brit and Grammy Award winner Steve Levine – who has worked with the likes of Culture Club, The Beach Boys and The Honeyz – to master debut EP Listen.
Steve said: “I was immediately impressed with his rich vocal tone and the sheer quality of his songwriting and musicianship.
“I’m really pleased with the recording as it’s a great snapshot of Alex and the potential he has to appeal to a wider audience.”
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