The Bacon Brothers. New Year’s Day.

Initial thought on receiving this was along the lines of “good God, another actor who thinks he can sing!” For indeed one of the Bacon Brothers is that Kevin (of six degrees game fame), star of many a Hollywood movie, some great, some not so. Digging into the history however it appears that this is not some one off vanity project but that The Bacon Brothers are a working band going back to the mid nineties and that Michael, the other brother, has composed for television winning an Emmy in the process.
So far so good then. Putting aside the Hollywood aspect, what does the album sound like and why is it being pushed now when it was originally released stateside in 2008. Second question first. This is their first album to be released in Europe with a whistle stop promo visit from the bothers in early May. There are also promises of a full tour to follow.
As for the music one is tempted to say, “don’t give up the day job” although primarily because one presumes it pays better. The album is actually pleasant in its weaker moments, radio oriented pop rock, the cod reggae of Bunch of Words being the primary example. But there are some songs that have a good grip of rhythm and blues (New Year’s Day, the opener) and on Go My Way they have a valiant and largely successful stab at a muscular blue eyed soul sound similar to the early efforts of Hall and Oates. Both brothers sing well and the band playing is impeccable. The stand out song is Architeuthis (a giant squid so Google tells me) with an interesting Irish melody woven in towards the end of it, one can’t imagine Bruce Willis attempting something like this.
Overall this isn’t an album I’d go out of my way to buy but it is far better than I expected it to be. If the brothers do tour it would be interesting to see how they measure up live.

Here are some songs from their Myspace page
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4 thoughts on “The Bacon Brothers. New Year’s Day.

  1. I’m so excited about the ablum being released in Europe. I live in the US and have been a fan since the late 1990s. If you get the chance to see them live, do it!! They are so fun!

    The album before this one, White Knuckles, is also really great. I think they still have it up on the jukebox page of their website http://www.baconbros.com

    They are also on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/thebaconbrothers

    So cool to see their music reaching Europe!

  2. The Bacon Brothers are worth a trip to see live if they are playing near you! I always look forward to a new cd from them and New Year’s Day was worth the wait! Check out their website baconbrothers.com and listen to some of their music!

  3. The Bacon Brothers are the real deal! I live in New York and have been a fan since the beginning of their career. Do yourself a favor and check them out at baconbros.com to get an idea of their sound. You will be blown away for sure!

    When they come back with the full band you’ll be in for a treat!!!

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