SINGLE REVIEW: Brightest Star by MICHAEL BURROWS
Australian singer-songwriter Michael Burrows has gone from strength to strength since Neil Finn first heard demos of Michael’s songs, which then resulted in a collaboration between the two. This was then followed by yet more validation of Michael’s work when in 2015 he was handpicked by Martha Wainwright to join her on a national tour. And more recently, Michael’s last single release, Turn This Love Around, became a breakthrough hit for him when it entered the US Billboard Top Twenty chart.
It’s easy to understand why Michael Burrows’ has had an impact on such a notoriously difficult music market: his music is universal and his performances are always heartfelt and nuanced with authenticity. And this hasn’t changed with the release of his latest single, Brightest Star. The track is a country-flavoured ode to unconditional love, with the upbeat feel providing a great joyous background for it. From a melodic point of view, it’s as hooky and infectious as anything else Michael has written, with the chorus especially memorable and hard to ignore. Michael’s voice is in fine form, subtle and warm, fragile yet confident with the energy level picking up where it counts, in the chorus and the bridge. The instrumentation never lets up yet doesn’t impinge upon the communication of the lyric: a parent expressing the inexpressible to their child, or simply one person expressing the same thing to another person. It’s the kind of track where the main elements, lyric and music, are complementary, allowing the song to have a sustained and satisfying effect on the listener. The production reflects the band and Michael’s evocative voice with subtlety, allowing for the melodies and the lyric to do their work, which they do, most pleasingly.
Just as Turn This Love Around attracted an amazing global response, Brightest Star is sure to do the same and prove to be yet another hit for Michael Burrows.
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