“As an award-winning military Sergeant First Class and Iraq War Veteran who has devoted the last decade to serving the country, you wouldn’t necessarily expect Oklahoma City-based Brian Allen to be a savvy musician, right? But one listen to inspiring piano-driven “Under My Skin” from his debut full-length CD, and the message is clear. Produced by Dennis Patton (associated with Bob Carlisle’s platinum-selling “Butterfly Kisses”), the song offers an intense, driving instrumental palette that chugs along with a wondrously harmonic vocal recording that opens humbly enough—transitioning back and forth between an open force field and muted emotion—before catapulting into a passionate tour de force at the mid-section, as Allan proclaims his lessons learned: “If I had to do it all again, I wouldn’t let you get under my skin.” Indeed, this track is a melodic bull-eye, chock full of emotion and as catchy as a commercial jingle. Bravo!”
“His song “Mosul” describes the realities of day-to-day life interrupted by PTSD”
“One of his latest songs, “Valley of the Shadows,” is a reflection of time spent in a war zone, but also about appreciating life, because “whether it’s here or over there, I believe that when it’s your time, it’s your time,” Allen said. “It’s about conquering those fears and getting those emotions out.””
"Some tracks are haunting, while others touching and hopeful — but all are sincere."
"The first days home from war are filled with joy, but it wears off. The lucky ones go back to work. Others find putting two feet on the floor every morning as difficult as nine hours in an office. Brian Allen served in Mosul, Iraq for a full year, starting in January 2009. He’s in a therapy program for post traumatic stress disorder. On top of that a mic, guitar and some high powered computer programs have helped Brian empty his mind."
"Really Good Song!" (Ruby Falls)