Middle Brother - Middle Brother
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  • Band members: John McCauley, Matthew Vasquez, Taylor Goldsmith
  • Summary: Delta Spirit's Matthew Vasquez, Deer Tick's John McCauley, and Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith join up to release their debut album together as Middle Brother.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. the doting Vasquez love song "Blue Eyes," the lyrical Dawes lost song "Thanks for Nothing," and the clippety-clopping Replacements road song "Portland" all augment the deep craft and acrid wordplay of the guy who's why you heard them‑-in fact, who's why you heard this varied, consistent, tune-conscious album.
  2. Mar 14, 2011
    83
    Typical for a "supergroup," Middle Brother sounds more like a collection of strong musical personalities crowded into the same space than an actual band on its charmingly ragged, self-titled debut.
  3. 80
    Middle Brother is a prediction of great things to come. It's a promise that a new generation of songwriters is rising up to carry and brilliantly build on the tradition.
  4. Mar 14, 2011
    70
    The rollicking self-titled album born of this boozy alliance is somehow far more satisfying than has the right to be.
  5. Mar 14, 2011
    70
    Half the songs on Middle Brother involve drinking and the rest hangovers of the heart, and on Paul Westerberg's "Portland," everyone chimes in on the line "It's too late to turn back, here we gooooo" - they're certain of trouble ahead, and relishing it.
  6. Mar 17, 2011
    67
    While all three songwriters shine, the most compelling aspect of these recordings lies in the effectiveness of the shading that each adds to the others' tunes.
  7. 60
    Middle Brother is nothing revolutionary, but it is an enjoyable throwback to the good ol' days of classic Southern living.

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  1. Apr 22, 2011
    9
    this is simply put, a fun record to listen to - from start to finish. it has got sing along melodies, creative harmonies, sharp wit andthis is simply put, a fun record to listen to - from start to finish. it has got sing along melodies, creative harmonies, sharp wit and excellent songwriting. what's not to like? Expand