I'm Happy I Think

Colin Bradford

I'm Happy I Think
Performed By Colin Bradford
Album UPC 711574761319
CD Baby Track ID TR0001500002
Label Maneuver Records
Released 2013-09-18
BPM 120
Rated 0
ISRC uscgj1553957
Year 2013
Spotify Plays 40
Songtrust Track ID 533001
Writer Colin Eugene Bradford
Songwriter ID 116174
Pub Co CD Baby Publishing
Composer Colin Eugene Bradford
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Publisher Admin CD Baby Publishing
Rights Controlled Master and Publishing
Rights One-Stop: Master + 100% Publishing
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - Washington


Introspective, insightful, melodic, pop


An inescapable question emerges from Colin Bradford Sings Colin Bradford: can any real sense of a person be expressed in just five songs? Here, the answer is yes. The album earns its title by conveying introspection. Although there is a personal element, Bradford delivers it in a way that is relatable.

The opening song, "I'm Happy I Think" has a soft rhythmic texture that artfully accompanies the sharp content. Bradford croons, "I have the keys to a heated apartment, I go to work where I get paid, watch a movie on the weekends, I guess everything is OK." On "Cigarettes" Bradford faithfully assumes a haunting tone, repeating "We all have regrets and I can't quit these cigarettes." But these and other seemingly ominous moments are intricately assembled with perspective. They are played with a delicacy that is hopeful, not doomed. Overwhelmingly, this album is an oscillation between the complex and lighthearted.

Listening to these tracks is like sitting down with a good friend to talk, if that friend told their story in warm, layered vocals set to melodic instrumentation. It took about a year to write most of the album, but some of the songs have been in the works for three or four years. Bradford says he wrote out of necessity. "I have to get things out," he explains, "so I can move on." - Julie Myers

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