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Brett Dennen at the Imperial

Brett Dennen at the Imperial, Vancouver

Brett Dennen at the Imperial, Vancouver, Feb. 11 2015. Christopher Edmonstone photos.

Photos - Brett Dennen at the Imperial, Vancouver, Feb. 11 2015

– photos by Christopher Edmonstone

Brett Dennen at the Imperial in Vancouver on Wednesday night.

The American singer/songwriter is on tour for his fifth record, Smoke and Mirrors. “I wanted to return to the folk and acoustic music I loved when I began writing,” Dennen has said of the 2013 album. “I decided to tap into my memories and explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could.”

His 2006 release, So Much More, drew frequent comparisons to Paul Simon and Tom Petty, according to a press release. Since then he’s released Hope for the Hopeless (2008) and Loverboy (2011). The latter has been called “his biggest departure to date: a danceable collection of songs influenced by the road and recorded by a studio filled with friends and imperfect takes.”

Smoke & Mirrors features the lead single “Wild Child”, “When We Were Young” and “Don’t Mess With Karma”.

“I called the album Smoke and Mirrors because one of the major themes of the album, lyrically, is that things aren’t exactly as they appear to be,” Dennen has said. “If you focus on how you think things should be, then you can’t see them for what they really are.”

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