No Ifs, Buts, Maybes

No Ifs, Buts, Maybes

by Billy BremnerBilly Bremner


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Billy Bremner re-emerges after eight years with his third solo album on No Ifs, Buts, Maybes. A resident of Sweden, the Scottish Bremner employs a band of Swedes to accompany him. But he might as well be back in old partner Dave Edmunds' Rockfield Studio in Wales for all the difference in the sound. No Ifs, Buts, Maybes will sound familiar to anyone who's ever heard a disc by Edmunds, Nick Lowe, or their band, Rockpile (which, of course, also featured Bremner), from back in the 1970s and '80s. The music is pop
ock, with strong melodies and catchy choruses, chiming guitars, and chugging rhythms, exactly the sort of hybrid Bremner, Edmunds, Lowe, and Rockpile drummer Terry Williams developed out of '50s rockabilly and '60s Merseybeat. As a singer, Bremner often sounds uncannily like Edmunds, boasting the same sort of husky, reedy tenor, and he organizes harmony vocals from his Swedish cohorts that emphasize the similarity to the vocal blend he made with his old pals. The style is familiar from more than just the Rockpile bunch, however. It's almost possible to sing the Traveling Wilburys' "End of the Line" to "Only the Sound of My Heart," for example. Of course, this is no surprise. One would hardly expect Bremner to have acquired a sudden taste for rap at this late date. Given that he was always treated as a junior partner in Rockpile, it's striking that he is able to re-create its sound so well on his own. For that band's fans, this is a disc well worth seeking out.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/05/2006
Label: Gadfly
UPC: 0076605229429
catalogNumber: 294
Rank: 99047


  1. They Don't Come Much Better
  2. I Can't Name Them All
  3. Only the Sound of My Heart
  4. Get a Job
  5. The Real Problem
  6. Knocked Me Over with a Feather
  7. What Is the Reason?
  8. No Ifs, Buts, Maybes
  9. Where We Still Call Home
  10. The Biggest Fool in Town
  11. Puttin' It in Reverse
  12. The Picture We Painted

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Bremner   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Matts Alsberg   Bass
Pelle Alsing   Percussion,Drums
Clarence Ofwerman   Keyboards
Mats Ronander   Harmonica
Peder Sunsahl   Drums
Magnus Rongedal   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Nalle Påhlsson   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Dan Hylander   Acoustic Guitar,Mellotron
Henrik Rongedal   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Kaj Soderstrom   Bass,Keyboards
Mats Schubert   Keyboards
Peter Sundahl   Drums

Technical Credits

Billy Bremner   Producer,Audio Production
Mats Lindfors   Engineer
Henrik Edenhed   Engineer
Dan Hylander   Producer,Audio Production
Lelle   Artwork
Leele   Cover Art

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