studio aces like Cagle have made a comfortable living out of being the heavy hitters called in to crack the bat in ways that others can’t, and he gives you a performance on “We Are Powerful” that reveals the strength in his skills & many of the reasons he’d be so sought out as a singer.” - Jeremy Gladstone

SleepingBagStudios

Finishing strong are the last three songs of the album. I noted these as being the most radio-friendly. First, “Goin’ For Mine” directed at proverbial naysayers is rocking! A lyrical depiction of words all have spoken to those who have underestimated us. Borrowing from Brannon’s hip-hop ventures, a touch of hip-hop element is introduced. Brannon keeps us on our toes.” - Izzy The Gent

Indie Band Guru

The album continuously levitates between energetic tracks and ear-appealing ballads, so the entire Heartbreak Is Misery is perfectly balanced. It’s also interesting how Brannon explores almost all eras of rock music. You’ll notice how some numbers resonate with eighties glam rock ambiance, while the other explore more of an eighties and nineties hard rock. Still, some tracks burst with sonic maneuvers stacked with the finest properties of modern rock music.” - Djordje Miladinović

Thoughts Words Action

All in all, "Heartbreak is Misery" is a truly remarkable and winning step in Brannon's career, being one of the best pieces of music they have created in the last years. It shows maturity and growth, ambition and a promise for an even brighter future. Going back to rock music might be the best thing Brannon have done for the project, starting the year with one of the best rock releases of 2023.” - Joanna Beleva

Obsidian Thoughts

There is a slight feel of the eighties about the music in places, but why not? That was the heyday of the big, anthemic, pop-rock sound, and what Brannon does so well is to take that tried and tested formula and bring it bang up-to-date. We Are Powerful, which kicks things off and does the groundwork for the listening experience to follow, is a stadium-ready, fist-in-the-air slice of rock—both accessible and epic.” - Dave Franklin

Dancing About Architecture

Featuring distorted guitars and the raw crash of live drums, the track has the makings of an arena rock hit, but has been produced to a crisp and contemporary degree for clarity of sound and that essential ability to crank up the volume.” - Rebecca Cullen (on Bad Love feat. R Reed)

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Heartbreak is Misery

Brannon

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In the years since their formation in 2014, Brannon has released a total of six albums, spanning from acoustic singer-songwriter to hip-hop. But until now, songwriter Jonathon Brannon and singer David Cagle have only hinted at their ability to put together a fully-formed rock n’ roll album. That all changes with ‘Heartbreak is Misery’. The album

In the years since their formation in 2014, Brannon has released a total of six albums, spanning from acoustic singer-songwriter to hip-hop. But until now, songwriter Jonathon Brannon and singer David Cagle have only hinted at their ability to put together a fully-formed rock n’ roll album. That all changes with ‘Heartbreak is Misery’. The album features fourteen of the most attention-grabbing guitar-driven songs you will hear this year.

“This is your moment,” Cagle sings in the memorable opening lines of ‘We Are Powerful.’ The track serves as a mission statement – bold, defiant, and full of gigantic hooks. On the ensuing tracks, they demonstrate a versatile mastery of the genre, from the moody grunge of ‘Hard Habit To Break’ to the power balladry of ‘Without You I’d Die.’

Brannon invites an impressive collection of guest artists to add their voices. R Reed makes notable appearances on both ‘Bad Love’ and ‘Goin’ For Mine’ also featuring Bobby John, while the Bowie-nod of ‘Life On Mars’ includes a great guest spot from Erika Schiff.

‘Never Gone’ provides an epic album highlight, while ‘Lie To Me’ explodes with pure adrenaline. Each track is full of significant moments, right down to the cathartic final notes of closer ‘On My Way.’ Above all, ’Heartbreak is Misery’ is the album that alt-rock fans have been waiting for.

-Official Press Release

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