Perhaps best known as a side project of Pearl Jam rhythm guitarist Stone Gossard, Brad’s “Interiors” is much more of a showcase for its oft-overlooked singer Shawn Smith to show off.
Smith’s voice is best known for “Battle Flag,” Pigeonhed’s unlikely, profanity-laced hit from the late ’90s that gives no indication of what to expect from Brad.
It’s the piano-based pieces that work best here, foreshadowing Smith’s post-Pigeonhed efforts. “The Day Brings” and “Some Never Come Home” show his signature stamp, which is Smith’s delicate voice.
In a nod to Gossard’s influence, the era it’s from and the Seattle scene that birthed Brad, there’s “Sweet Al George,” which doesn’t sound like a far cry from something in Pearl Jam’s catalog.
“Lift” and “Secret Girl” are above-average alternative rockers that seem perfectly acceptable for their period.
“Interiors” isn’t a forgotten masterpiece, but there’s enough to keep a casual listener entertained.
Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.