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{Off The Cuff} Thoughts: Brandon Rhyder

Not since “Freeze Frame Time” have I been captivated by Brandon Rhyder. There was a time when nothing was more perfect than waltzing around the dance floor on a Thursday night to Freeze Frame with “him.” Someone gave me the “Because She Loves Me” album and, disappointing to admit, nothing else held my interest. I also admit I do not ride the bandwagon of loving Rhyder’s vibrato-filled voice. I guess that’s what years of choral singing and a childhood of barbershop will do to you.

Alas, we are less than two weeks away from the release of his next album and “Rock Angel” sends me to Rhyder’s myspace, then Lonestar Music for preview clips. I’m drinking it in and my computer hasn’t left the playlist on myspace (although occasionally I skip “Freeze Frame” because it always brings back memories of “him” and the dance floor). I can’t say if this album is more mature than others since I’ve already admitted to not keeping up, but maybe it’s got more groove than I remember Rhyder having. It feels very “today.” I’ve already decided it’s a “must buy.” And I can’t wait to hear the whole thing.

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