What the Brothers Sang


Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
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  1. Feb 19, 2013
    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.
  2. Feb 19, 2013
    There's a warmth and life in these songs that goes beyond tribute or reenactment.
  3. Feb 14, 2013
    As pure and rich as milk and honey.
  4. Feb 27, 2013
    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.
  5. Feb 14, 2013
    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.
  6. Mojo
    Feb 14, 2013
    The 13 numbers they've chosen are sung with respect and restraint. And beautifully. [Mar 2013, p.96]
  7. Feb 20, 2013
    Ultimately, What the Brothers Sang is a tribute to what the brothers sang, not necessarily how they sang it.
  8. Q Magazine
    Feb 14, 2013
    It's a revelation from start to finish and up there with Oldham's best work. [Mar 2013, p.107]
  9. Feb 19, 2013
    What The Brothers Sang is a lively, lovely album--and diverse to boot.
  10. This is heartfelt, sweetly sincere and as good an album as BPB has made for some time.
  11. The Wire
    Feb 15, 2013
    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. Uncut
    Feb 14, 2013
    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. Under The Radar
    Mar 22, 2013
    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]

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