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  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: World Domination -- a.D.a.--
  • ASIN: B00000DCKD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Reaching One
2. Love & Trouble
3. I Will
4. All Nite
5. Bring You Back
6. I've Got A Big Bowl Of Cherries
7. Uh-Uh, Don't Look Down
8. All I Wonder/Anyway
9. If I Were Brave
10. Jonathan
11. Let's Say
12. I've Got No Strings

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Blake on 24 Jun. 2008
Format: Audio CD
"Subdued" is the best way to describe this album and that is not necessarily a complaint. Sure, those of you that loved the enthusiasm and fun of Wendy & Lisa's first three albums are going to be a little nonplussed, maybe even disappointed with Girl Bros, but stick with it. Girl Bros is a very personal offering from the girls. It's gentle, sentimental and emotional. There's a tiredness to it that is quite palpable but it's not an uncaring "whatever" kind of tiredness - it's more of a "too tired to fake it anymore, too tired to be anything but honest and simple and direct" kind of tiredness. And that's cool. That's good.

The result is a very intimate, very modest, very unpretentious album. This is a whisper not a brazen shout.

But it feels like an end. There's a note of finality about Girl Bros. It sounds like a goodbye. It's hard to see where Wendy and Lisa can progress to after this. The album feels like they're letting go of the crazy world of the music industry. And who can blame them?

The album is also obviously a musical tribute to Wendy's brother who died before the album was recorded. I'm sure this accounts for the wounded gentleness that pervades nearly all of the tracks and also adds an affecting rawness to many of the lyrics.

This is an album that sighs its own grief whilst rocking itself to sleep... though there are flashes of the old Wendy and Lisa funkiness and ebullience. However, these flashes are few and far between. Musically everything is very stripped down and uncluttered. There are Folk and Country influences here. It's quite reminiscent of some of XTC's latter day output.

Do I like it? Yeah. I do. It's nice to hear Wendy and Lisa's voices again and this album completes the collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Jan. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wendy and Lisa's 4th great l.p is less experimental than their previous album's but this does not disappoint by any means.The electric guitar's are collaborated with accoustic guitar's on some track's but in an upbeat way,not a bland one.If u got W+L's 3rd l.p "Eroica" then the track's "Valley Vista","Mother Of Pearl",and "Why Wait For Heaven" off that l.p would best describe the style of the song's here."Jonathan" is not uninspired whatsoever but an excellent vocal/accoustic guitar tribute to Wendy's brother who sadly died during his time as Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist.There's a unique cover of "I got no strings" from Pinnochio which is followed by a catchy hidden track at the end of the cd.If u liked Wendy and Lisa's other l.p's u'll like this too-and play it a lot!!!More music please lady's!!!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mark53 on 2 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you're expecting the gritty funk of 'fruit at the bottom' or the grungy rock of 'erotica' forget it. Wendy and Lisa have not only changed their moniker but are relying now on atmospheric balladry. Not that that is a bad thing. Several of the tracks notably 'i've got a bowl of cherries' and 'i will' are up to the standard of say 'waterfall' and the c.d is still littered with those little rhythm changes that makes them stand out from the competition. The singing is great, but somewhere toward the end they seem to run out of ideas 'Jonathan' is uninspired and meandering and 'let's say' and 'if i were brave'are just fillers. So all in all a bit of a let down after so long a wait. One gets the impression that changing the name and no details on the cover that they've lost interest in the sucess side of things. A pity others don't follow their example. Anyway if you've got the other albums its still worth having.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
GIRL BROS RULE 9 Jan. 1999
By rshumays - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'll never forget that night. The Purple Rain tour had made its way to New York, and I was without a ticket. How I cried and cried. For months I played the album religiously, and for as much as I loved Prince, Wendy was equally my idol. I even got a guitar that Christmas so that I could be like her. When the fates were cruel enough to deny me a ticket to see these people I loved with a passion uncontested, my teenage heart almost failed to beat. Unfortunately, I got no sympathy from my mother. I wasn't going, and that was that. But I survived.
In 1986, Prince and the Revolution came back to New York, this time for the Parade tour. Again, my mother wasn't exactly open-minded about my going. I settled in for evening, deciding instead to listen to all of my Princely albums, close my eyes real tight, and pretend I was there...I called my friend Shandy to help alleviate my depression. She said she couldn't talk, but she did have something to tell me, but only if I promised that I wouldn't hate her. "What?" I so innocently asked...She uttered the words that rang with an echo in my 15 year old ears..."I'm going to the Prince concert, don't be mad, my mom tried really hard to get a ticket for you, but she couldn't, I'm sorry..." Stunned, I told her I wasn't mad, and wished her a great time. Then I promptly went to my bedroom, and again, cried, and cried....
Well, I would never get to see Wendy strum her fabulous guitar, or see Lisa hammer out those sexy piano riffs. In October of that year, Prince disbanded the Revolution, and they have never returned to his stage. (I'm hearing rumors that he is producing a new Prince and the Revolution and that he would like Wendy and Lisa to co-produce it. Now we may live to see this dawn, but I doubt it...)
Wendy and Lisa went on to create 3 solo albums, each one more eclectic, and BRILLIANT than the last. Unfortunately the world seemed to not be ready for their world, because none of these records got the acclaim or exposure they deserved. What truly frustrates me is that a year or two after their dynamic opus EROICA emerged in 1991, a bevy of female performers exploded onto the scene and had huge successes, and what's worse, none of them were/are has prolific, and deep as my girls!!! And half of them sound like W&L wannabe's!
Yet, the ladies prevailed. They went on to write and produce for Seal, Me'Shell NdegeOcello, and Susannah Melvoin's new hubby, Doyle Bramhall. Soon after that, they scored two movies for Babyface's film company, all while finding the time to work on their first new release in 8 years; the self titled GIRL BROS.
Let me just start by saying that I, like the Prince of yore, am in LOVE with Lisa Coleman's voice. For the first 3 of their 4 projects, Wendy has done most of the lead singing, but on GIRL. BROS, Lisa takes the mic. Her voice is a kaleidoscope of contradictions: gentle, yet haunting, innocent and passionate, bitter, but oh so sweet. The most delicious of Lisa's offerings on this album would be the seductive "I'VE GOT A BIG BOWL OF CHERRIES". The song has the most beautiful piano playing I've ever experienced, and it evokes memories of the song "Sometimes It Snows in April" from The Revolutions PARADE album. At a recent concert, Lisa told the audience that she wrote the song for Wendy. Now, I don't wanna speculate on meaning, but I suppose it's a little deeper than what the title suggests. Basically Lisa tries to convey her thanks for having Wendy Melvoin to share her music and her life. I am thankful for both of them...
Two other favorites are LET'S SAY, and I'VE GOT NO STRINGS. Lisa coyly invites you to run away with her on LET'S SAY, and god, if I had a few bucks, I'd go, if only to be nosy. This song totally rouses one to remember the fun, and frolic and fantasy W&L added to Prince's music back in the day. (PS, Prince without the ladies has been like a cake backed with no eggs...FLAT...just my 2cents). I'VE GOT NO STRINGS was actually a song from Pinochio (thanks for hipping me to that D, :P). W&L's funky rendition makes you wanna relax and chill after a hard day.
Unless you're a COOOLD dude, you WILL be touched beyond words and possible moved to tears by the tributes to Wendy's brother Jonathan Melvoin, (the Smashing Pumpkins tour keyboardist who died of an overdose in 1996) entitled JONATHAN and I WILL.
On I WILL, Wendy is strong and absolutely powerful as she sings to her brother, vowing to keep his memory alive until she is no longer on this earth herself. A few tracks later, on JONATHAN Lisa offers you the true image of best friends who went from precocious 5 year olds, to being one who is now dealing with the fact that the other "would not survive". Most memorable is when she tells him at the end that, "you always were an angel to me."
The ladies produced this grand endeavor with Tchad Blake, (recently Grammy nominated for his work with Sheryl Crow) and without the backbone of a record label. This is a double-edged sword in a big way. Though it gave them complete artistic freedom, the album was as hard to find as a needle in the proverbial haystack. I've seen no videos or any promotion other than the shows that they have done around the country. So, If you haven't got it, getting it can be hard to do if you plan to pick it up in the stores, BUT, thank GOD for the internet. GIRL. BROS is available through, click on that little button, get it NOW, and enjoy!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Incredible re-emergence from grief. 17 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Grief can be disabling, taking the best artists away from the spotlight to nurse their wounds. Or, the best of artists can transform their worst pains into something beautiful, worthwhile, lasting. Born out of the nameless sorrows Wendy Melvoin & Lisa Coleman encountered in the wake of Jonathan Melvoin's untimely death in 1996, Girl Bros. is a testament of faith: pained, fierce, and ultimately life-affirming. While the album was born as a way to give a voice to a family who could not grapple with an ultimately personal pain, these 12 tracks are much more than that. At turns serious and humorous, and often surprisingly upbeat, these tracks speak to anyone who has loved in the faith of loss. In other words, almost all of us. From the defiance of "Uh Huh, Don't Look Down," to the quirky psychdelic humor of the cover "I've Got No Strings," and back again, a gorgeously affecting album. One of my top three of 1998, and a must have for any serious collector of singer/songwriters.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
What is with all of these lukewarm reviews? 22 July 2004
By jonathingy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have no idea what people are thinking here. This is one of Wendy and Lisa's strongest albums aside from Eroica. Maybe people just aren't into listening to Lisa sing, since she does most of the vocals for this album. However, I am a huge fan of Lisa, and any time I can get the opportunity to hear her sing, I cherish it. I think she has a marvelous and very sweet voice.

Some people have cited their first album was much stronger, but I disagree. The first album was way to "pop-ish" for my tastes, and they hadn't really come into their own yet. It just didn't have the depth of Eroica or Girl Bros. Waterfall was OK, but it has nothing on "I've Got No Strings", "Bring You Back", or "I've Got a Big Bowl of Cherries".

And for the people complaining about Jonathan's death hanging too much over this album, this album was ALL ABOUT Jonathan's death! The whole reason they wrote the thing was part of their grieving process. The album is DEDICATED to him! Get a clue!

To the reviewer ragging on the hidden track: That's deidcated to Trevor Horn, who screwed the girls over when he was producing (or more accurately, supposed to be producing) their album "Friendly Fire". He put it off for six years and then sucked the life out of it when he finally finished it and gave it back to them, rendering it a completely unplayable piece. (Lisa said it sounded like "an Italian coffee table" after he got through with it.) They didn't just throw that track in to be trendy or something, you know. If you're going to do a review, at least get your history and your facts straight. For the record, I like the hidden track, with its "delta blues" sound, and the lyrics are pretty scathing.

So anyway, don't listen to these other yahoos here saying that GB isn't all that good. They're wrong. Girl bros is a GREAT album. Definitely one of their top ones. Tchad Blake did a great job on production, and the track lineup is varied and engaging. Every song has great depth and excellent melody.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Welcome Back Wendy and Lisa! 29 Dec. 1998
By Paul Katz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Two albums on Columbia, then gone. One album for Virgin, then gone. I didn't think I would ever spot another recording from Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, and I was bummed about it. Imagine my sheer delight and excitement to see this unobtrusively packaged CD sitting in the Wendy and Lisa bin (which I happened to check on a whim) at my local record store.
One of the things I have always appreciated Wendy and Lisa for is the familiarity of their sound. Their sense of musicality has been very distinct from the times they were working with Prince. I'll never forget the time I heard the track "Wild" from Seal's first album and thinking to myself, "That sounds like something Wendy and Lisa would do." It later turned out they DID perform on that track with him.
I have always enjoyed Prince and his music since the Revolution broke up, but feel he has lacked a certain melodic quality since the three parted ways years ago.
"Girl Brothers" (which may or may not be Wendy and Lisa's new band name, but has always been their publishing moniker) is like a warm cozy blanket. Tinged with sadness over the death of Wendy's brother Jonathan, but nonetheless filled with many catchy hooks and tight instrumentation.
My personal favorite tracks are "Reaching One," "Love Trouble," "If I Were Brave" and the light techno updating of "I've Got No Strings." In addition, the simple instrumental piano section at the end of "I've Got a Big Bowl of Cherries" is hauntingly gorgeous.
I only hope I don't have to wait another eight years for the next solo effort!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Wow, I've missed these two... 21 May 2005
By R. J. Marques - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just received a used copy of this CD that I've been trying to track down for YEARS. It was worth the wait. I like the sparse arrangements on this album. Tchad Blake's production is right on: it's full sounding, lush, clean & crisp. The compositions are well written, lyrics are thoughtful and touching, and vocal arrangements complimentary to what's going on musically. I was getting chills on the first listen - I felt like I had found two old friends I haven't seen in a long time. Not sure about a hidden track that is mentioned in other reviews here - I don't seem to have that on mine. Also wasn't aware about Trevor Horn producing an album for them - I hadn't heard. I like Trevor Horn's production style and when I thought about it - it seemed like an intriguing idea in theory. In any case - if you're a Wendy & Lisa fan, [which I am], this will be an integral part of your W&L collection. Thanks girls for coming back in my life. Looking forward to hearing more, always.
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