What the Brothers Sang

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  • Summary: Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie "Prince" Billy collaborated on this tribute release of songs by The Everly Brothers.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
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  1. Feb 19, 2013
    90
    There's a warmth and life in these songs that goes beyond tribute or reenactment.
  2. The Wire
    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]
  3. Q Magazine
    Feb 14, 2013
    80
    It's a revelation from start to finish and up there with Oldham's best work. [Mar 2013, p.107]
  4. 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.
  5. Uncut
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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