The Brothers and Sisters don’t veil the mirth that they take in simple pleasures: their album’s Pollyanna title Fortunately is reflective of the record’s upbeat, carefree sound. With influences like The Beach Boys and The Mamas and The Papas, the Brothers and Sisters, actual siblings, make unmitigated pop music. They write the sort of lyrics that allow the listener to guess the next line, even if we’ve never heard the song before (that’s how it goes / everybody. . . knows!). “There’s no point in fighting!” they sing, bordering on The Polyphonic Spree’s territory with their upbeat philosophies, sentiments never fleshed out or elaborated on, stated simply and repetitively.

But if they’re trying to bring listeners back to the fifties, they’re failing: the album comes off like an attempt to recreate a sound from a mere five years ago, when guitar bands like Phantom Planet re-invigorated garage pop. Fortunately adds nothing new to the canon of California-ready songs, nor does it even serve as an acceptable substitute for its more melodious influences, whose blissful beach music was more convincing. The repetitive chords and frivolous lyrics are cloying rather than soothing. Call it mood music for a contrived summer day. While, at points, the album makes for easy listening, it relies on that ease a bit too much, never innovating the sounds that it borrows from. Speaking of too easy, it’s unfortunate. (Calla Lilly Co.) –Michael Vilensky

 
  1. Who is this reviewer? He’s a joke. I saw this band twice when they came through New York about a year and half ago, once with The Blood Brothers and then a smaller show in Brooklyn. They were so great live. Great pop songwriting and old country vibes. I loved their first CD, but I just downloaded the new one and its even better. I doubt this reviewer even listened to complete songs. Lyrically, there’s not one “upbeat” song on the whole album. The music often times masks the darker side in the lyrics. “Fortunately” deals with death and loneliness and is about as for from bringing “listeners back to the fifties” as you can get. What fucking records from the 50′s are you talking about? I’d love to see your ipod. Try listening again.

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  2. great review

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