Thursday, July 26, 2012

Royal Southern Brotherhood reviewed by Steve Jones

Royal Southern Brotherhood
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Ruf Records
12 tracks

I’m struggling with this album.  We have Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, and Mike Zito, all stars in their own right, along with a great back line of Charlie Wooten and Yonrico Scott.  The sound is good.  The musicality of this is all well done.  The problem I am having with it is that it sounds either familiar or not so inspired.  There have been a few “all star” albums in the past where there were perhaps too many cooks spoiling the broth.

The songs all have a good groove.  Scott and Wooten are solid.  It’s the song writing– they are trying to be superstars and craft the next big southern-Cajun-blues-alternative rock song.  That is where this lets down.  The solos are all nice.  The vocals are all without any fault.  It’s songs that hearken to the genres and fall flat.

I’m keeping this short because there is not much else to say.  Fans of the band or it’s members will perhaps find some nuggets to enjoy.  It will not be on my summer travel list of CD’s not to forget to take on trips.

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