He was too arty for pop and too streamlined and slick for prog rock. By default, the only place where he seemed to belong was on album rock stations, which, along with support from MTV, helped make "The Salt in My Tears" a hit in That was taken from One Night with a Strangerhis second album for Mercury, and while he put out a Phil Ramone -produced third LP called Dangerous Moments init disappeared, along with Briley 's career as an active recording artist he continued as a session musician and professional songwriter, working on staff at Paul McCartney 's publishing house, MPL.
Nevertheless, he maintained a small but loyal cult following that sustained itself over the next two decades and helped spur Hip-O Select's release of The Mercury Years in A double-disc box set containing the entirety of his three albums for the label the first was Fear of the Unknown fromplus six previously unreleased tracks, The Mercury Years is a complete recorded works that will surely satiate fans, and perhaps even win Briley a few new ones although he faces his perennial problem: he's a hard one to pigeonhole.
Which is not to say that he made unappealing or uninteresting music -- far from it, actually. These quirks were largely lyrical, as evidenced by such titles as "I Feel Like a Milkshake" and "She's So Flexible," but he was also a sharp, clever songwriter, putting in some sly left turns and detours into his pulsating, synth-driven arena rock. Briley was also undone by some of the sins of the time, chiefly the brittle, bright productions of the early and mid-'80s that can make some of these records hard to hear from beginning to end.
Yet his fatal flaw, if you want to call it a flaw, is that he never delved too deeply into either weirdness or shiny pop -- perhaps he was trying to have hits, but the end result is that the records are interesting for hardcore pop fanatics and record collectors who are interested in hearing how an artist can personalize familiar sounds.
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Briley was later signed to George Martin's AIR group of companies and went on to become an important part of the London studio scene as an arranger, vocalist and sought-after session guitarist. He also had a brief stin… read more. Martin Briley is a British born singer-songwriterguitarist and keyboardist.
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