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Album Review

After moderate sales on their first three albums threatened to forever classify them as an alternative band, the BoDeans started tackling bigger themes on Black and White, produced by Prince-sideman David Z. The band hardly sounds like the roots-oriented band of their previous efforts, and Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann sound more ambitious as songwriters. So "Black, White and Blood Red" is about more than race, the same way the anthemic "Naked" is about more than sex, the same way the hooky "Good Things" is about more than some guy who can't meet a girl. Black and White is about using individual problems as analogies to social ones. It's also about loneliness and hardship. It also didn't sell that much better (if any) than the first albums.

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Comment to reviews on B&W - Bodeans

Hey Guys, Welcome to the Bodeans! This is NOT a first album - and, admittedly, not their strongest - it in fact draws from previous releases. This band has been recording for around 25 years. Check out LOVE&HOPE&SEX&DREAMS or GO SLOW DOWN (among others). For a really good collection of Bodeans work, try JOE DIRT CAR. They're kinda like sushi - the more exposure, the greater the appreciation.


This album represents some of the BoDeans best work. Solid lyrics, great melodies and raw vocal energy. Feel good music that will touch your soul and gently remind you that, in spite of some pain along the way, life is a wonderous journey worth taking!

Almost a perfect album....

The BoDeans are at the head of the list for underrated and under appreciated bands. Kirk Neumann and Sammy Llanas formed the band in Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1983. In four short years they were voted best new American Band by Rolling Stone. This LP, released in 1995, is one of their very best. It only reached # 105 on the Billboard album charts, but Black and White is Sammy and Kirk at their artistic peak. "Naked," is a gut wrenching and heartfelt song about the insecurity and tenderness of love. "Good Things," may be the best Bodeans song ever and a centerpiece of their wonderful live shows. "Paradise," is another gem of a song and features beautiful harmonies between Kirk and Sammy. Overall, this a one of those buried treasures that music lovers discover and then cherish for a lifetime.


Formed: 1984 in Waukesha, WI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1984 by high-school friends Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann, the BoDeans mixed Midwestern roots rock with elements of adult contemporary pop, fashioning a sound that earned critical acclaim during the '80s and commercial recognition during the following decade. Llanas and Neumann fronted the group by sharing vocal and guitar duties, while bassist Bob Griffin and drummer Guy Hoffman populated the rhythm section. Although based in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the BoDeans began building an audience...
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