Saturday, 7 March 2009

Album 27. A Date With The Everly Brothers - The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers, actually real brothers, not that like those annoying fake brother bands that try and fool you into thinking they're brothers with their name. Yes I'm looking at you Doobies.

Anyway, My first thought upon reaching this was "Oh great, The Everly Brothers", but after a couple of tracks it became quite clear I had confused them with someone else.

This a great example of early, country coloured rock and roll. Vocally they employ a very similar close harmony style to that of The Crickets, later to appear on much of The Beatles early work, although the lyrical content of the songs leads me to believe that the pair of them have suffered a long string of failed relationships.

Album 26. Miriam Makeba - Miriam Makeba

Now, Miriam Makeba is a name I have heard before, but only really through her political work rather than her music.

Many people have tried to fuse different musical styles with varying degrees of success and I'm glad to report that the mix of traditional African vocals with western istrumentation works very well here to produce a very entertaining record.