On their sixth disc, the boys in BR549 have a bit of a change cooked up for you. One, their name has dropped the dash. Two, they’ve switched labels to Sony’s new Lucky Dog. And three, they play it a little straighter than usual.
That’s not to say the CD is no good. It is. Yes, there’s still a lot of wackiness, but you’ll hear a lot of straightforward country, like “Let’s See How Far You Get,” and “While You Were Gone.” If honky tonk is your thing, there’s “Psychic Lady” and “Look Me Up.” Country swing makes an appearance on “Different Drum,” with its nice rhythm and lead showing the way. There’s even a cover of “A Little Good News.” You might remember that as a hit for Anne Murray in the ’80s. I thought it an odd choice for the boys, but I’ll be darned if they don’t make it work.
What this album really does is show the boys can be a straight country band and more than cut the mustard. There’s great playing, great vocals, excellent covers, and first-rate songwriting by members of the band. Some of the band’s fans might not think it’s wacky enough, but if they give it a chance, it might grow on ‘em.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Oct. ’01 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.