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Brandie Frampton - What U See

What U See

Brandie Frampton

DLF Records - DLF-600210

Available from Brandie Frampton's web site.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

No, she isn't related to the far more famous Peter, but Brandie Frampton does have a sense of humor and took the stage name as tribute to a big influence on her very young (15 years old!!) talents. The young lady can't even get a learner's permit to drive but has nonetheless won awards and can boast of four hit singles on indie and college circuits. Sigh! Then I look in the mirror and wonder why the hell I bother even getting out of bed in the morning.

At six, she was attending concerts by Def Leppard and Scorpions, later graduating to Pink Floyd. However, mom and pop one day put on some country & western platters and the sound came to dominate her style. Well, anyone who knows Peter Frampton's best era -- Humble Pie, with cuts like "Red Neck Jump" and "Big George" -- can easily see why Pete would've been attractive to her ears…except…except…she didn't seem to really understand what was going on there and has fallen into a strange Brittany Spears / Tanya Tucker / (fill in the blank) sphere.

Make no mistake, this is impressive purely as an achievement coming from a mid-teen-ager, it just isn't very entertaining as music, being waaaaaaay too formulaic. Worse, a DVD accompanies the CD and it's a half-ass presentation of videos on two cuts. The tell-tale to this entire farrago, though, lies in the songwriting credits. Only three cuts have any least participation by Frampton. Hmm, I think I smell a variation of the old Rachel Sweet debacle here, except that Brandie Frampton appears to be even more the die-cut manufactured product. I guess MTV never died, it just fissioned off into the indies, cloning itself over and over again until we forgot the potential of the media. Ya know…someone should do something about that!

Okay, now I remember why I bounce out of the rack every AM!

Track List:

  • Ain't That Life (Slater / Hummon)
  • I Want You 2 (Gordon / Lane / Frampton)
  • What U See (Lane / Moore / Luken)
  • Colours (Lane / Shawe / Thomas)
  • Dreams (no credits given)
  • Butterfly Tattoo (Gordon / Douglas / Burton)
  • Day by Day (Dufffy / Frampton)
  • My Life (Gordon / Lane / Frampton)
  • Live Like That (Clark / Whitworth)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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