by Merita AppleHead, June 19, 2012
Ladies and gentlemen, Austin Brown is at it again, that’s right, more music! With the release of “What Did I Lose to Love You” Austin gives us another taste of what’s to come when his album “Highway 85” drops (due out this month last I heard). I keep thinking there won’t be anything new and then another song will find it’s way to YouTube. Like when you have birthday money and it’s literally begging to be spent… it’s “burning a hole in your pocket”… that’s what it must be like for Austin with his music. It must be burning a hole in his pocket. Begging to be released and enjoyed by his fans. I don’t blame him and I’m not mad at all the free music either.
I heard this song a while ago on FaceBook via some lucky duck who saw him live sharing a video. I couldn’t quite tell what he was singing and the title of the song wasn’t listed. But I liked the melody and the man was on his knees passionately singing. That’s promising right? So after the long wait, I’m happy to say I do indeed like “What Did I Lose to Love You” very much.
I’m going to use one of my dad’s phrasings here, so bear with me…
This song is good from “the rooter to the tooter”… that is to say, from beginning to end. Austin really put some stank on his falsetto for this one and I love it, and like “Fxcked With My Head,” he really sings out on this one. The backing vocals are especially nice when all the lovey harmonies layer in with the “ahhhhs” and “doo-doo-doo-doo.” There’s only one other artist who has backing vocals that I enjoy singing just as much as the lead… I won’t steal AB’s thunder by mentioning him… but his name rhymes with Jichael Mackson. I’m just saying.
The rhythm section is a lock, nice bass & drums (ha, see what I did there?) But my favorite instrument on “What Did I Lose to Love You” is… the flute! Due to the movie “the Anchorman,” I find myself always loving a good jazz flute. I’m assuming that’s Scott Bruzenak (BPK) swagging out on the flute and I just want to shout him out because I always LOOOOVE the flute bits of AB’s songs.
As for cons. I’ll say this: The opening and very beginning of the verses, make me think of another song recently written by Tommy Parker (BPK) and Kelly Lumpkins. The very first time I played “What Did I Lose to Love You,” my mind immediately went.. “Mmmhmm.. Ah-hah” in the intro and “I can’t help it, I’m just selfish…” at the beginning of the verse. The similarity is very brief and limited, but it stood out to me. I guess that happens though.
Listen to Austin Brown’s “What Did I Lose to Love You”… HERE
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