Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Mar 22, 2013
    70
    They seem to be having a lot of fun--Oldham, particularly--which is what makes this rather straightforward covers album a treat. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.100]
  2. Feb 27, 2013
    70
    It’s a little overlong and occasionally flirts with being a vanity project, but What The Brothers Sang draws great strength from how much Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Dawn McCarthy clearly cherish these songs, and how much pleasure it gives them to share them with us.
  3. 60
    The album is more a loving revival than a modernization of some of the Everly Brothers’ lesser-known songs. But when the duo’s influence can still be heard trickling into everything from Fleet Foxes to Animal Collective, it’s hard to claim that What the Brothers Sang does much more than reminisce.
  4. Feb 21, 2013
    60
    Fans of the Everly’s can appreciate the new approach to the songs, and followers of Oldham and McCarthy who aren’t familiar with the band they pay tribute to can also enjoy the album.
  5. Feb 20, 2013
    70
    Ultimately, What the Brothers Sang is a tribute to what the brothers sang, not necessarily how they sang it.
  6. Feb 19, 2013
    90
    There's a warmth and life in these songs that goes beyond tribute or reenactment.
  7. Feb 19, 2013
    80
    Not surprisingly, it's the less propulsive numbers that truly resonate on What the Brothers Sang, as Oldham and McCarthy sound less emotionally constricted at a more measured pace, and when they allow their muses to meet, as they do on highlights like "Breakdown," "What Am I Loving For," and the beautiful closer "Kentucky," the results are transcendent.
  8. This is heartfelt, sweetly sincere and as good an album as BPB has made for some time.
  9. Feb 19, 2013
    83
    What The Brothers Sang is a lively, lovely album--and diverse to boot.
  10. 60
    On their tribute to The Everly Brothers, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Faun Fables' Dawn McCarthy avoid the obvious hits in favour of more unfamiliar items from the brothers' repertoire.
  11. Feb 15, 2013
    80
    The most anomalous thing about What the Brothers Sang, a collection of Everly Brothers covers, is how sincere it sounds. [Feb 2013, p.52]
  12. Feb 14, 2013
    70
    The most peculiar aspect here is the sound of Oldham shaking off his customary moroseness in "Poems, Prayers and Promises" and "Milk Train" and positively radiating joie de vivre. [Mar 2013, p.75]
  13. Feb 14, 2013
    80
    A successful homage, What the Brothers Sang seems to distill and convey this vision, showing us the Everlys through McCarthy’s and Oldham’s eyes, but in such a way that allows their distinct aesthetic to shine clearly through.
  14. Feb 14, 2013
    80
    As pure and rich as milk and honey.
  15. Feb 14, 2013
    80
    The 13 numbers they've chosen are sung with respect and restraint. And beautifully. [Mar 2013, p.96]
  16. Feb 14, 2013
    80
    It's a revelation from start to finish and up there with Oldham's best work. [Mar 2013, p.107]

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