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Zach Braff may not be the world’s greatest actor, but the guy has arguably done more to give indie musical artists mainstream exposure in the 21st century than anybody else.
Since then, Joshua’s repertoire – from the joyful ‘I’d Rather Be With You’ to the sardonic ‘You Got Growin’ Up To Do’ – has soundtracked triumph-and-disaster moments in Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, House, Brothers & Sisters, American Idol, and even So You Think You Can Dance (‘my mom was especially proud of that one,’ he grins).
And after performing the song ‘Today’ on Ellen De Generes’s chat show in 2008, the host invited Joshua to play at her wedding to Portia de Rossi.
His early work, inspired by a bad breakup, earned comparisons to tortured Irish troubadour But his kinder, gentler melodies and warm, whispery vocals are more akin to Samuel Beam of Iron & Wine and William Fitzsimmons (two other Braff favorites), and he wraps them in cozy sound beds designed to lilt and lull rather than challenge the listener.
He was even selected by Ellen Degeneres to perform “Today” at her wedding to Portia de Rossi.
His Grammy-winning Garden State soundtrack helped give big breaks to little-known acts like The Shins, Cary Brothers and Zero 7 (featuring then-unknown singer Sia Furler).
Joshua Radin (Braff’s friend at Northwestern University) had only been playing guitar two years when Braff convinced Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence to use his first single, “Winter,” on a 2004 episode of the show.
“I know you’re scared and alone but you don’t have to hide,” he sings sweetly on the gentle ballad “In Your Hands,” leaving little doubt that there will be a happy ending to this story of burgeoning love.
The songs start to get a little same-y over the course of the album, but Radin wisely sticks to his trademark Adult Alternative sound rather than trying to be all things to all people.
The next time he catches a whiff of any random pink-stinkidy-stink bucket, he will cave like...well, like any other time he caught a whiff of any random pink-stinkidy-stink bucket.