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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a good album overall with some great highlights, but also some weaknesses. It is a collection of songs which were recorded by the Everly Brothers, and Prince Billy and Dawn McCarthy have wisely avoided most of their major hits and have put together a sequence of less well-known tracks. By and large they give the songs a country feel, with fiddle and steel guitar often evident. They have a very good band backing their harmonies, and it works very well much of the time. I like the feel of this album - it brings a new take on the material while respecting it, so that the style is adapted to the songs rather than the other way round. The singing is generally delicate and tender and captures the sense of those fabulous Everly Brothers harmonies even when they don't exactly reproduce the originals.

I do have some reservations. Possibly the best-known song here is Devoted To You and it doesn't quite ring with the poignancy of the original and sounds a little like an exercise in harmony rather than a heartfelt love song. I felt this in a couple of places, and some songs - Empty Boxes, for example - just didn't really work for me. There is a vein of slow sentimentality which can get a bit wearing for the whole album, so their terrific version of Somebody Help Me (the Spencer Davis song) stands out as a rocking gem and I could have done with a dose of something with the more up-tempo drive of Wake Up Little Susie or the wit of Bird Dog, say.

I don't want to be too critical because I do like the album in spite of its weaknesses. It is a good collection of songs from two excellent musicians, most of which are very well sung and arranged. I love the Everlys (I am proud to say that I have seen them in concert) and this is a worthy tribute. It's not a classic, but it's well worth getting.
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After a few practise runs the Everly Brothers retired a few years ago, so it's great to see an album covering some of their songs on new release. Well, not exactly covers as such, since some are very different from the Everly originals, though somehow sounding both new and retro at the same time.The songs chosen include some of the brothers' lesser-known recordings, with a B-side or two, and some old album tracks of theirs that you'd be hard-pressed to find unless you have the Bear Family box sets.

Billy and Dawn are no great shakes as singers, but the do sing beautifully together with a certain charm, especially on the more gentle numbers, and are aided by a bunch of very capable, sympathetic and tasteful backing musicians.

Kristofferson's desolate Breakdown gets the album off to an assured start, similar to the Everlys' arrangement, followed by thoughtful readings of a folksy Empty Boxes, and a Simon & Garfunkel-like Milk Train. What Am I Living For, an R&B song covered by Don and Phil on their 1965 Beat 'n' Soul album, is given a slow, mournful fiddle intro, with a fine fiddle/electric guitar solo. The pounding Somebody Help Me is much like the Everlys' own cover on their Two Yanks In England album, though the song itself is perhaps more familiar to most as the theme to the TV series The Royal, recorded by the Spencer Davis Group with Stevie Winwood.

So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) is probably the best-known Everly song on the album, the follow-up single to Cathy's Clown in 1960. In my view, Billy and Dawn's vocal limitations are exposed on this track in particular. But then nothing can quite match Don and Phil's exquisite harmonies. Omaha and It's All Over follow, perhaps two of Don's very best songs, and are given a wonderful treatment here, the latter a truly aching expression of sorrowful regret.

John Denver's Poems, Prayers And Promises again reveals vocal limitations, but it's a worthy inclusion. Just What I Was Looking For, with its '67-era trippy lyrics, is possibly the Everlys' hardest-to-find song of those included here, and is a fine version, before the album is rounded off with a gentle, understated arrangement of the wonderful Kentucky.

The backing musicians include Billy Contreras on fiddle, John Mock on mandolin, and the great Dan Dugmore on steel and electric guitars.. The album's running time is around 40 minutes.

For a long-time aficionado this is a most welcome release celebrating the music of the Everly Brothers, and who knows, maybe some of those younger music-lovers who get to hear this album will be encouraged to check out the brothers' own recordings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2013
What a great selection of songs that all Everly fans will remember, all of these songs are written for two part harmonies and these artists sing them well. Along with the Chaplin Sister`s `A date with the Everly Brothers` Everly fans and music fans in general are being treated to fresh harmonies that compilment and respect the fantastic sound of the Everly Brothers. Well worth buying, great value.
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on 24 March 2013
the everly brothers are the ones named in the title of this album as the tracks are all songs the everly's covered. the music on this album is exquisite the vocals harmonise beautifully in a way that evokes the sibling harmonies of the everlys. as i approached this album i thought that Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's rather morose image combined with some of the everly's rather lovelorn material would overwhelm the album but Dawn McCarthy vocals seems to have a brghtening effect on Billy and the album is a joy to listen to particularly tracks such as 'Devoted To You' and 'Just What I Was Looking For'. so an album for Everly lovers and lovers of harmonies alike.
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on 31 March 2013
Some real good tracks, but equally some sound like fillers. I was expecting this to be up with "Kort" by Kurt Wagner & Cortney Tidwell, but it doesn't quite cut it. Particularly spoiled by the Spencer Davis Group cover of "somebody help me', a bit too dull and unnecessary
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on 8 May 2013
Exceeded my expectations. Never heard of the artistes but will now look out for more of their material, really relaxing music and their treatment of the numbers are fabulous.
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on 4 April 2013
Really nice album. The combination of the voices is lovely. A lovely relaxing album that seems to just wash over you.
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on 12 November 2014
Very enjoyable, and it has passed the repeat playing test - and I will return to it regularly in the future..
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on 30 June 2015
Great covers of the brothers
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 January 2014
Well, for me, this selection doesn't work, at all. I've listened to EB since the start, and they were an enormous influence on my singing days. I know, well, each of these songs, some of which weren't the best Everly material, originally.

So I would have understood a re-working of the songs. But this is really neither. Dawn McCarthy's voice is truly shakey on some of the songs - it's as if just singing those songs made her nervous. Perhaps even they thought it could have been so much better
As a tribute it's not a patch on the supreme effort of Nora Jones/Billie Jo Armstrong.

If you want to pay tribute to the magnificent music of The Everly Brothers, then it's worth a better shot than this.
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