Bradley Wik & The Charlatans: Burn What You Can, Bury The Rest [Album]
Full fledged and unapologetic Rock & Roll seems to have gone to the way side. That down home feeling that used to thrive with success in days passed has pretty much subsided. Don’t get me wrong, I love “indie” music for all it is worth. And there are still several amazing folk oriented artists out there. But, what if I want an upgrade of the old Tom Petty and Springstein records my father would subject me to in my youth? Well, it turns out, there is a cure for such nostalgia for organic, purebred rock and roll. And it comes in the form of Bradley Wik & The Charlatans. Or shall we say, Bradley the savior.
Bradley Wik & The Charlatan’s 2012 release, Burn What You Can, Bury The Rest is, simply put, just an amazing record filled with so many full fledged emotions and inspirational outlooks on the struggle and striving process of life and the ambiguties that tend to follow. You can have the time of your life with this man and his friends with a track like “Friday Night Is For Drinkers”, or you can go on a rock and roll odyssey through time and pain and love in the 8 minute long opus “Just Like Jon Fickles”, which is an amazing story that just isn’t long enough even at it’s current length.
Anyone who listens to Bradley Wik, especially lowly music critics, will instantly put a tag on him as the new generation’s version of The Boss. And this may be very well deserved. But, why? Comparissons can only rationally be drawn because Wik, like The Boss, is doing everything the right way. His way! What is the result of yearning to tell a lovely story in the most sincere and organic fashion. Exactly what you should expect: One of the finest albums you will hear in 2012. That’s a fact.
The album is available now through your usual sources, and more information can be found at BradleyWik.com
And if you find yourself reading this in the Portland area, be sure to make it out to the record release show March 17th at the Secret Society Ballroom. You will not want to miss this!