One clue to Brent Enman's musical heritage and style is revealed on one signature song, 'Man of the Past,' from his debut disc Wildman. 'Please get me outta here, to 1969, that's when I want to be alive,' Enman croons, 'then I'd be feeling fine.' Enman's interest is in classic rock, maybe not quite as far back as '69, but definitely mid-Seventies to early Eighties.
Enman is a musical prodigy, talented multi-instrumentalist who performed every instrument, and all vocals, on Wildman. It's the culmination of a life long dream, and he certainly captures the classic rock sound. However, 'Wildman' may be a misnomer for him and this album.
Out of ten tracks, only three really rock: All For The Show, Never Too Old to Rock n Roll, and the heavier, more laborious, I Lost My American Dream. That last song coupled with Sweeping Up Rainbows shows the character of Enman's blue-collar frustration and desperation. The remainder of the songs are largely lighter AOR fare, marked more by his instrumental skill and pleasing vocal style. Man of the Past, If I Die Tomorrow, and Too Good to Be True are the top picks.
What's curious about Wildman is the polished and glimmering production. It's sounds way to clean, nearly overproduced or, at the very least, over performed with Enman playing so precisely, fearing a mistake. Nevertheless, Enman accomplishes his goal: using his impressive musical skills he delivers the classic rock music he loves. For this he deserves major kudos. Recommended.
On Wildman. Brent 'Wildman' Enman accomplishes his goal: using his impressive musical skills he delivers the classic rock music he loves. For this he deserves major kudos.
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