That’s the name of Nelson Bragg’s publishing company, and also the phrase this writer uttered 11 times over after being overwhelmed by Bragg’s sophomore effort, the near-perfect We Get What We Want. What we get is 11 little slices of pure pop heaven, each featuring Bragg’s understated melodic gifts and multi-instrumental talents. The overall vibe is of a ’60s-era sunshine-pop record, lovingly updated and wrapped in a beautifully sung and artfully played and produced package.Bragg colors We Get What We Want with many different shades from his musical paintbox: there’s some cool straight-up power pop with “You Could Believe,” recorded with instrumental assistance from Michael Simmons from California-based popsters sparkle*jets UK; there’s lilting, jangly confections such as “I’m in No Mood” and “Welcome to Nowheresville,” whose 12-string guitars and warm, inviting melodies are sure to get popheads’ loins a-tingling; there’s a brief country-inflected diversion with “She Used to Love Me,” which also features a great little psychedelic twist at the song’s outset; and there’s a dreamy duet with the most talented Anny Celsi on the languid, stunning “Time and Tyde Agree,” which is the aural equivalent of a gentle ocean breeze.Bragg also reverently covers his current boss Brian Wilson on a winning take of “Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long,” bathes a tune titled “Steel Derrick 1979″ in nostalgic beauty via some more lovely vocals and a set of lyrics that recall his Massachusetts childhood, and peppers the rather bitter “What She’s Done to him” with an insistent, galloping drumbeat and plenty of horns, courtesy of the talented Probyn Gregory. The disc closes with an acoustic guitar-based chill of a tune, the brief, self-confessional “Everything I Want to Be.” It’s a perfect wrap up to a marvelous album that is certain to rank high on many year-end best of 2012 lists.
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