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The collaborative effort of singer Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables) and soft folkie crooner Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy / Will Oldham, What the Brothers Sang, is pretty and vibrant in its nostalgia, digging into Phil and Don Everly’s — ‘the Everly Brothers’ — dusty renditions with ease. From the gospel-tinged “Breakdown”, the cajun/zydeco-spin of “Milk Train” and the drawled-out and pedal steel-adorned “So Sad” , it sinks in that the tributes aren’t meant to be spot-on, but a revival of good songs needing a good shake.
Pitchfork says, “Rather than two lovers having it out in songs, they [McCarthy and Oldham] sound like two friends drinking over shared memories and commiserating over separately broken hearts. Oldham is her “best unbeaten brother,” to quote his own song. With no driving interpretive concept here, the focus is largely on the Everlys’ adventurous taste in songs.”
Want your own copy of What the Brothers Sang? Be the first to email wolf (at) msoe (dot) edu with your favorite Everly Brothers song in the subject line (i.e. “Let It Be Me” by the Everly Brothers) and a copy shall be yours. One copy, only! Let it be you! * Our official winner for the contest is Joe S. Thanks to those who participated! *