We Are the Champions - Jeff the Brotherhood
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  • Band members: Jake Orrall, Jamin Orrall
  • Summary: This is the fifth studio album for Jake and Jamin Orrall, who were previously in the indie rock band Be Your Own Pet.
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  1. 80
    It goes to show, scuzzy hooks will always be a way to make engaging music, even if the genre is well-worn. So, do yourselves a favor and check out We Are the Champions, an endlessly rewarding firecracker of an album.
  2. Jul 1, 2011
    80
    The secret weapon on their second album is an unironic embrace of the elegant, harmony-rich hooks and wide-eyed lyrics of rock forebears the Righteous Brothers, which gives the Orralls' blistering tunes their own earnest, romantic edge.
  3. Jul 28, 2011
    75
    Champions' appeal clearly isn't its originality, but its songwriting; on every track, JEFF The Brotherhood enters briskly, states its piece concisely, and gets the hell out before the rush wears off.
  4. Jul 1, 2011
    70
    The songs on Champions might not add up to the best record proper, but those guys in front of the stage probably could care less. They've got some more fuel for the party, and at the end of the day, that's all that really matters.
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    While their DIY ethic is still firmly intact, they've started to evolve gracefully into pop craftsmen. A Brotherhood rock opera might still be a few years off, but a fast and furious album like We Are the Champions every couple of years should be more than enough to keep the fires blazing.
  6. Jul 5, 2011
    70
    The brothers have acid on the brain, stirring harmonized distortion and sitar buzz into the boogie. And they back up the balls of this album title: The Blue Cheer-with-Neu! surge of "Mellow Out" is fast bliss.
  7. 40
    To play with the big boys, or to call themselves champions, these brothers will need to figure out what they want to talk about. Until then, they have nobody convinced.

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  1. Oct 25, 2012
    10
    Pure raw beef - can't listen to this album enough. Loved seeing these guys recently at Alex's and the Troubadour - they belt it out. It's funny, they tour with Diarrhea Planet which has 4 guitars and a bass, yet Jake has a larger guitar sound (a la Fu Manchu). Great, great stuff. Would love to one day see them with their label mates Heavy Cream, also from Nashville. The latter clearly have been influenced by Jeff's sound. Hey Friend and Ripper are classics. Expand