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Album Review

It's a platitude to denigrate "Hollywood" personalities' attempts at music. Indeed, every album from the Bacon Brothers has almost certainly met some automatic criticism. Every album has also, however, received mentions of surprise — surprise that an actor can make straightforward, good music. By this point, it shouldn't be a surprise that Kevin Bacon can perform (and that brother Michael Bacon, a well-sought film scoring composer, could be more than a side act). The music on New Years Day is more varied than many previous albums, though. Roving from Philadelphia-inspired rock to simple summer melodies and beyond, it touches on a lot of stylistic areas, handling each form with an ego-free, well-characterized rendition. The album opens on the title track, an ode to Philadelphia's yearly Mummers parades, and something seemingly from Mick Jagger's solo recordings. This is blues-inflected rock & roll, hook-heavy with a polished finish. "Architeuthis" works itself into a seafaring ballad, complete with mournful accordion accompaniment. "Children" could stand in for a solid album track from the Wallflowers. Throughout the recording, the music delves into crossover areas between rock, blues, and folk, taking aesthetics from each to color strong performances. There are many artistic influences inherent in this music, but the created whole is something original.

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awesome

The Bacon Brothers never cease to amaze :D its even cooler that they added the Mummers All-star string band. If it wasnt for this song, then the Mummers Parade would've been gone, so thanks Bacon Bros!! Might I add I also like Bunny Sigler's harmonies in the song. Though in my opinion, the original off the album is a little better, this version is still pretty awesome too

Biography

Formed: 1997

Genre: Rock

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

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...
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New Year's Day, The Bacon Brothers
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  • Genres: Rock, Music, Country
  • Released: Dec 05, 2009

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