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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

28 Ratings



Never heard of these guys before but I like this album. It's as odd a collection of tunes as you might ever find. One moment you can hear the strains of Bob Marley, the next the Moody Blues, then before you know it Van Morrison and U2. The end result is a very clever fusion of all those styles. There's hardly a filler on the album and it's certainly the best release on iTunes this week.

Another Gem from the Bacon Brothers

Diane Sparkles,

The Bacon Brothers deliver another gem with New Year’s Day! They stay with their signature style of terrific music and clever lyrics but somehow still take it to the next level. Maybe it is because the band members all had a hand in producing the CD. The title track has a driving beat that makes you want to get up and dance, while underneath the words deliver a more somber message about being homesick. It is an interesting contrast that really works. And for people from Philly there is a special tie in to a popular location tradition. Never Got Rich, written by Michael, provides a realistic look at the life of a career musician and makes you really appreciate them for staying with it and brining us these wonderful songs! Just a Bunch of Words has a cool island feel and stirs up memories of all our old favorite songs and the feelings they invoke while reminding us just how powerful a bunch of words can really be. Another stand out track with a big sound and great vibe is Go My Way. I love the feel they captured on this one! Architeuthis is written about an unusual subject, a giant squid, but there are definitely parallels to Kevin’s life that come through. Children, a very sweet song written by Kevin, also has a really great vibe and stresses the importance of protecting our most valuable resource. Wild Life is a rockin’ song with Frank Vilardi delivering a driving drum beat…it’s perfect for a road trip mix. Altogether it is a great CD and I highly recommend it.

About The Bacon Brothers

The Bacon Brothers earned considerable attention long before they ever released an album; singer/guitarist Kevin Bacon already enjoyed a successful career as one of the most prolific screen actors of his generation, with starring performances in films including Diner, Footloose, JFK, The River Wild, and Apollo 13. He originally formed the Bacon Brothers with his singer/guitarist brother Michael in 1994 to perform at a charity event in their hometown of Philadelphia, although the two siblings' collaborative musical history in fact dated back to their childhood; while Kevin later explored acting, Michael forged his own musical career fronting the 1970s folk-rock band Good News, subsequently recording a pair of solo albums. He then moved into composing for film and television, earning an Emmy Award for his score for the documentary The Kennedys. Following their 1994 formation, the Bacon Brothers (rounded out by bassist Paul Guzzone and drummer Marshal Rosenberg) took their country-folk sound on the road, garnering much media notice on the strength of the siblings' preexisting fame; they issued their debut LP, Forosoco, in late 1997. Getting There followed two years later; Can't Complain appeared in summer 2001.The Brothers released Live: The No Food Jokes Tour in 2003, a two-disc set that featured 19 performances, as well as an in-depth interview with Michael and Kevin. White Knuckles arrived in 2005 on the SpinART label, and it was followed by New Years Day in 2008. A compilation called Philadephia Road: The Best of the Bacon Brothers appeared in some territories in 2011. ~ Jason Ankeny

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