Friday, June 13, 2008

Review -- THE YOUNG BROTHERS REVIVAL -- Hymns From The Gutter

The Young Brothers Revival
Black Cat Music
Hymns From the Gutter, as you might imagine is a somewhat dark work. The themes here are certainly not all sunshine and rainbows, as The Young Brothers Revival takes their music into the shadows, and peeks out at some of the nastiness that exists out there.
Now, I should start by explaining that musically this is not heavy, in the sense this is basically country music, layered with strong folk music lyric writing, and a slightly bluesy undertone which works well for the heavier material.
So what exactly are the Young Brothers offering?
Well, the title cut is the lead effort here, and the title sums it up. From there the band moves to songs such as Saint and Sinner, Dancing With the Dead, Fallen Age, and Stuck In A Bottle. The song titles tell you that lyrically, you are in for a somewhat macabre effort.
While this is dark, and is a mood piece that will only find the CD player on certain days when I need to wrap myself in a cloak of shadows, it doesn't take away from this as a great CD.
The Young Brothers have forged a unique effort. They have really pared country to it's skeletal form, and then layered on sort of a death mask of music, creating a dark, yet accessible little monster that in spite of the creepy shadows it resides in, you still want to be your friend.
A band needs to be commended that goes on its own path in the music world, and when it's the path to the dark old mansion on the hilltop, on a storm night to boot, stand up and applaud at their moxie.
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-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper June 11, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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