BRAD has made a few records before but their new one, United We Stand, is the first one I have picked up. It is VERY 90s alternative sounding, which to someone my age is usually a pretty good thing. There's an R&B kind of vibe permeating through it. It's a catchy record. The songwriting and the melodies are especially good; the musicianship is fine. The vocals are interesting. Shawn Smith is the singer and he has had a fine career out of the limelight. His voice reminds me a bit of America's Dewey Bunnell.
If you are a casual Pearl Jam fan this record won't register with you. If you are a Pearl Jam fanatic you probably don't need me to tell you about it. If you are looking for something new to listen to it is definitely work a check out. I have been coming back to this record a bunch of times since it came out mainly because they are placing the Red Palace Tuesday night and I am trying to talk myself into going. I hear parking is a bitch down on H Street though. That's a very old-man-reason not to go but hey.
Here's the second track off the record, called "Bound In Time." Enjoy.