Normally it is always a struggle to review an album which only consists of covers.
When i started listening to Brunch Buffet - Tasty Covers from Venice i really did not have that problem at all.
From the first note to the last breath it is an overwhelming warm and beautifull arranged masterpiece of musicallity and vocal craftmanship.
In between albums Venice decided to bring out this album containing only covers of songs from their fav. artists.
It was a wish for a long time wanting to share the backgound which built the typical Venice sound as an influence.
All bandmembers brought in ideas and this is how these songs ended up being recorded at last.
Michael Lennon stirred these songs with respectfull arrangements for the original works into a tastefull Venice cocktail.
Venice who recently played as the house band at the Famous Troubadour to pay a tribute to Glen Frey, with guest appearance of some other legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt, Lee Ann Womack, Jack Ingram, John Paul White and Jack Tempchin.
Having said this, Venice really can keep up with those legends with their own unique westcoast close harmony style of music.
The Fantastic voiceteam of Mark Lennon and Kipp Lennon give every song a blend like a warm blanket in such a way that i want to keep hiding underneath its safety.
Songs like "Shes always a Woman" and "Happier than the Morning Sun" are remewed classics here.
Just listen slosely to the harmonic voices and the arrangements in acoustic guitar and percussion.
"Home at Last" has this really fantastic early 70s vibe complete with hammond and smooth bassline.
The same quality is laid down on each song.
And Venice is not afraid to add influenced which are not really to be expected like the classic musicl song "Over the Rainbow" and Keanes "Everybodys Changing" which is also the first released song of the album.
Fans of The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash and Young & Simon and Garfunkel will probably love this fantastic album although there is no cover of these legends on this release.