Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|The Bacon Brothers|
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The Bacon Brothers named their debut Forosoco, an acronym for their combined influences: folk, rock, soul, and country. The title of their second album, Getting There, aptly describes the fraternal duo's stage in merging t... more »
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The Bacon Brothers named their debut Forosoco, an acronym for their combined influences: folk, rock, soul, and country. The title of their second album, Getting There, aptly describes the fraternal duo's stage in merging these styles. Taking the lead in most of the vocals, brother Kevin's arrangements and vocal stylings are a bit self-conscious and contrived at times, but he takes risks, assuming a honky-tonk rasp in "Not Born to Beauty," and a soft, folkie croon in "Ten Years in Mexico." "T.M.I." ("Too Much Information") is a humorous jab at the impossible paradox of being a sought-after movie star (yes, it's that Kevin Bacon) while trying to also make it as a rock star. Brother Michael, a formally trained musician with a dead-ringer James Taylor voice, provides warm intermissions between Kevin's character changes. Throughout, Michael's experience as a career composer is evident in the rich layering of harmonies and instrumentation that is neither taxing nor complicated, but as narrative as the lyrics. With a full back-up band at their disposal, the Bacon Brother's sophomore effort is part Nashville, part roadhouse soul, part Jimmy Buffett, and so full of good ol' wholesome Americana even the stuffy old fogies in Bomont, Iowa would embrace it. --Beth Massa
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Michelle White | South Porcupine, Ontario, Canada | 11/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fabulous album. Kevin & Mike sing so well, it well worth to buy this album. I hope that they will come out with more albums. Every song is great, but my total favorites are Don't look back, Chop Wood, Don't Lose Me Boy, Strung Out, and City of Fear."
Lee Armstrong | Winterville, NC United States | 01/19/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Bacon Brothers have made a great little set of catchy pop tunes on their second CD. Brother Michael had formed the folk-rock group "Good News" in the 70's and issued several solo LPs. Together with Kevin, they explore a number of different styles and pull them off admirably. "Tequila smile & a mango kiss" starts the sweet midtempo "Ten Years In Mexico." My favorite track is the Smokey Robinson penned "Don't Look Back" which is some great blue-eyed soul that'd rival Hall & Oates, "If you just put your hand in mine, we can leave all our troubles behind." The title track has some nice percussion on a soft midtempo pop tune. "T.M.I." is a humorous country confection, "He had a swollen wallet & a swollen head; there's more to life than being good in bed, too much information!" "Not Born to Beauty" rocks out with the Brothers giving particularly good harmonies. One of the best pop rock tracks is the optomistic "Chop Wood," "I gotta chop wood; I gotta carry water, hold my boy & respect my daughter." There's some dexterous acoustic guitar work on the midtempo "Don't Lose Me Boy," "So you say you'll be the next Hendrix, Clapton or Buddy Guy." I like the sound of the toe tapper "Strung Out," but have some disconnect between the drug language and a love lyric, "Strung out on you baby & I can't clean up my act; You're like a heavenly addiction; you're like an angel on my back." The Brothers give a soulful treatment to Tom Waits' "Jersey Girl" complete with the sha-la-la-la hook laden chorus. "City of Fear" seems to shift between country, pop, folk in one song. The CD concludes with the lovely "Angelina." "Getting There" is a good set of catchy pop tunes. The Brothers shift effortlessly between many styles. If there were a suggestion to develop, it'd be in getting a diversity of instruments to flavor the tracks, add flourishes, to make each song even more distinct. However, they have a great set on "Getting There." Enjoy!"
Another great one from the Bacons
Michelle White | 09/18/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Bacon Brothers are among my favorites because they write songs about a subject rarely addressed in popular music: The love and tensions experienced in a family that obviously respects one another. On this CD, "Chop Wood" is devastating when placed next to "Don't Lose Me Boy." On "Forosoco, there was "Brown Eyes" and "Adirondack Blue." Also on Forosoco were the stories told with self-deprecating humor that led to this maturity: "Grey-Green Eyes" and "Boys in Bars."Great fun, great stories, great arrangements, great band. And there isn't one song I "couldn't stand.""