Shane O'Brien is nuts. And like Seinfeld might say, there is nothing wrong with it. In this case, it produces a startlingly original CD. O'Brien parts sings and parts raps over his electric guitar playing, rambling in a subdued voice about subjects that concern him. "My Love Letter" is a great example of the strange explorations this CD takes, as someone starts the track by saying he is from San Pedro California and is into Jesus Christ, while O'Brien asks him about wife insurance. There are a lot of long, well crafted rock jams here with O'Brien and his friends. All have an interesting, organic sound. Many do not seem to have bass, and the percussion seems to be done on a reduced drum kit, or with hand drums. O'Brien says on a message board that he has twenty-two CDs that he will soon make available on a website. This might put him in the territory of Jandek, another prolific artist whose reputation has grown because of his unique vision. This lo-fi CD could be the beginning of a cult following for O'Brien, a singer/songwriter unlike any other. - Dave Howell _ Southbound Beat Magazine WHAT THE MUSIC MEDIA ARE SAYING ABOUT SHANE O'BRIEN Tom Branson, respected Editor of BLUESROCKERS Magazine (December 2005): "Canadian-born Shane O'Brien is a San Pedro, California-based singer/songwriter/guitarist whose work is reminiscent of a time when musicians were regular working class people armed with only an instrument of choice and something of substance to say..." O'Brien's approach to music is raw and honest; simple and straight-forward; genuine and emotional, which I would guess mirrors his approach to life in general. By day, he is a Union Ironworker (Local 433, Los Angeles) rubbing elbows with America at the very ground level. By night, he is somewhat of an urban troubadour traveling from place to place with guitar in hand and songs about life in his heart. This is American rock music performed by someone to whom a lot of Americans should identify." Jim Santella in SOUTHLAND BLUES (November 2005): "O'Brien's dedication to melody makes for a beautiful ballad and a lovely folk song. With his faster, hard rock selections, the scene shifts, and his voice burns with intensity."