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Aly Cook - Brand New Day (Futures Entertainment)
BRAND NEW DAY is a good solid country-inflected album by one of New Zealand's most successful independent artists. Aly Cook presents eight co-written songs, for the most part co-written with producer Alan Jansson, with the one song Country Storm written with David Erik. Soulful in places, especially on the album's closer Laughing in Silence, the album demonstrates Aly's penchant for crafting radio friendly pop tunes such as The River and Spend It, the first single from the album. Helped by a team of fine players including Steve Robinson on keyboards and mandolin, James Pinker on drums, Janek Croydon on pedal steel and Harmon Green on upright bass, BRAND NEW DAY also features Aly's assured left handed guitar throughout.