Brett Kissel’s “East Album”: A Review of the Compass Project’s First Two Entries

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Brett Kissel has released the second instalment of his Compass Project titled: East Album. It’s a great follow up to his well received South Album – the previous one. Over the next year Brett will be releasing 2 more albums to round out the project.

It’s an interesting idea … the project is essentially a love song to each corner of the country. The latest instalment is a love letter to Canada’s East Coast.

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South Album
East Album

South Album

This South Album is a showcase of Kissel’s songwriting ability and the authentic country sound that his fans have come to love.

The eleven tracks on the album showcase Kissel’s ability to craft heartfelt and genuine country tunes, with a touch of modernity. Among all the songs includes “Ain’t The Same,” featuring 98 Degrees, is a perfect representation of Kissel’s unique blend of traditional country and contemporary pop.

The album’s standout tracks include “Watch It,” a sentimental radio hit that showcases Kissel’s emotional depth, and “Our Home,” which celebrates his Alberta roots. The album is rounded out with a cover of “Cadillac Ranch” by Bruce Springsteen and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which Kissel puts his own spin on, making it a modern country hit.

Overall, South Album is a fantastic start to Brett Kissel’s Compass Project and sets the bar high for the upcoming East, West, and North albums.

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East Album

Brett Kissel’s new album “East” is finally here, marking the second release in his four-part album experience, The Compass Project. The ten-track collection of stripped-down, heartfelt, and acoustic songs is inspired by Kissel’s love of Canada’s east coast and his desire to take a slower approach to life.

The lead track “Spend A Little Time With You” sets the tone for the album with its thoughtful songwriting and acoustic arrangements. The song highlights Kissel’s signature vocals, which are backed by beautiful acoustic instrumentation.

In addition to his original compositions, the album also features a very special duet between Kissel and his wife Cecilia on “Sanctuary.” The track is a beautiful and intimate moment that showcases their undeniable chemistry and heartfelt emotions.

Kissel also covers Hollow Coves’ “Coastline” on the album, adding his own sentimental touch to the track. The acoustic instrumentation is stripped down, allowing the lyrics to take center stage and create a truly emotional experience for listeners.

Other standout tracks on the album include “Port Colborne,” a nostalgic and sentimental ode to Kissel’s hometown, and “Meet Me In Vegas,” a fun and upbeat track that showcases Kissel’s versatility as a performer.

The success of The Compass Project continues to shine as South Album’s lead single “Never Have I Ever” cracks Top 40 at country radio and Kissel kicks off the summer touring season. With the release of East, Kissel once again demonstrates his ability to create emotionally charged and relatable music that connects with fans on a deep level.

East Album drops just days after Kissel was honoured with the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal at the National Music Centre in Calgary, AB. The medal is awarded for outstanding contributions to the province of Alberta, and Kissel was deeply honoured to receive the recognition.

With East, Brett Kissel continues to show why he is one of Canada’s most beloved country artists. His ability to create emotionally charged and relatable music is unparalleled, and fans can’t wait to see what the next two instalments of The Compass Project have in store.

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About Brett Kissel

Brett Kissel is no stranger to the Canadian country music scene and has made a name for himself as one of the country’s most celebrated artists.

With a decade of experience, Kissel has become a beloved entertainer and has toured with legends such as Garth Brooks and Brad Paisley. He is also known for his outside-the-box collaborations, which have resulted in some iconic duets with Grammy winners and legendary musicians.


A die-hard country music fan with an impressive collection of Spotify playlists. Happiest when I'm listening to music and constantly on the lookout for the next artist to fall in love with. A bit of a tech nerd too.


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