Title - 'The Long Night' (Varese Records)
Artist - Michael Bradford
Michael Bradford was born and raised in Detroit. Now based in Los Angeles, Michael works out of his own studio, Chunky Style Music, as well as traveling to major studios around the world.
Although known for rock albums, Michael has worked with artists from all ends of the musical spectrum, including Anita Baker, Kid Rock, Stevie Nicks, Butthole Surfers, Dave Stewart and Jem.
Indeed, if you look carefully enough throughout your entire record collection, you will see that a lot of them have been produced by Michael Bradford. And sure, this one has also, of course, but it finally brings Bradford back to the spotlight; where he belongs.
From the opening, distorted, fumblin' mic appeal of 'The Real California' it may feature the incredible dusky vocals of Samantha Stollenwerck and yet it has Bradford stamped all over it. In what can only be described as an album of late-night trip-hop, The Long Night is packed with stand-out tracks.
Whether they be the sultry, laid back jazz/funk vibes of 'Look Up,' the slower 'No One But Myself To Blame' (featuring Liz Primo), or the space age feel of the title track, there is nothing but winners on this new album.
The piano-fused 'It's Happening' (featuring Jem) is one of the true highlights, and Bradford's musical exploration of all things nocturnal continues onwards with 'Nightfall,' the dimly-lit night club appeal of 'Where Are All My Friends' and both 'Until We Meet Again In Paradise' and the gentle reggae tones of 'Together Forever' (featuring Ko).
The album is rounded out by 'Deliver Me,' the hauntingly European-sounding 'The Dish Washer,' and then 'Everybody Does It' (featuring Big B) and then the deep down, funky bass beats and growled vocals of 'Got To Hold On.'