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At the End of the Day

Album: At the End of the Day
# Song Title   Time
1)    And I Love Her
2)    After You've Gone
3)    Human
4)    I'm Through with Love
5)    Summer Breeze
6)    We Said It All
7)    Your Life
8)    I'm Only Human
9)    Space Oddity
10)    If I Saw You Tomorrow
11)    I Wanna Be Around
12)    Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime
13)    Air
14)    [CD-ROM Track]
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Performer Notes
  • Audio Mixer: Arne Schumann.
  • Recording information: Capitol Studio A, Hollywood, CA (2010); Phina Music Studios, Hamburg (2010); Planet Roc Studios, Berlin (2010); Tillis Studio, Berlin (2010); Tresohr (2010).
  • Photographers: Christian Schertz; Kristina Sterz; Till Br”nner.
  • At the End of the Day is an album of light jazz covers of rock songs, which turned out to be a fun idea on the surface, but with little depth beneath. To Till Br”nner's credit, he tried to push the envelope quite a bit at the track selection stage -- if the Beatles are an expected selection, and Bowie more or less so too, the Killers are a potentially exciting choice, and the addition of sexy goth metal kings Type O Negative -- who contribute "Summer Breeze" -- sounds like a one-way ticket to postmodern joy land. The thing is, however, all the picks really lend themselves well to pop-jazz renditions with all the required attributes -- sentimental crooning (competent, but appropriately tame), midtempo rhythms, background strings, and sweet, lulling melodies. Br”nner throws in some trumpet, of course -- that's his thing -- but this only boosts the '80s ballad vibe of the record. At the End of the Day would be a welcome soundtrack for a trip to a nice restaurant -- a godsend if you're on a date -- but musically, it's not nearly as challenging as the track list would lead you to believe. Chances are, those unaware of the album being a set of covers would never realize that, taking it simply for nice background music -- as cohesive as Muzak is supposed to be, and with little in the way of oddities, space or otherwise. It's still a great record in its own weight class -- soft, laconic, unobtrusive, and pleasant, possibly even beautiful. But it fails to escape the ultimate pitfall of cover albums -- the music is nice, but you still get the urge to listen to the originals if you recognize any. ~ Alexey Eremenko
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