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Album Review

By this point, Vannelli has pared away the often-bizarre edges of his sound and became more mainstream. That's not a bad thing. This album's predecessor, A Pauper in Paradise, seemed to blow up his pretensions to skyscraper size with only the melodic and gorgeous "The Surest Things Can Change" coming out unscathed. The good news is that Brother to Brother seems to pick up from that point. The big hit here, the sexy and confident "I Just Want to Stop," gets a great vocal from Vannelli and the backing vocalists. Throughout, this one gets the sense that Vannelli finally got what made him special vocally and lyrically. "Love and Emotion" and "Feel Like Flying" have a maturity that he couldn't have pulled off two albums before. That is also true of the pensive "Wheels of Life," a song that's so melodically rich and thought-provoking, it's surprising that Peabo Bryson didn't cover it on one of his albums. Gino Vannelli's often more personal than more artists, and the final track proves it. The sleek and well-arranged "People I Belong To" has Vannelli examining the lives of his parents and brothers in a way that can't help but be affecting. After a few years of successful albums for A&M, Brother to Brother coalesced the sound and is recommended to fans of pop and R&B.

Customer Reviews

Still holds up today

I listened to him back when i lived in Philly with a very Italian influence all around me. Needless to say i'm aging myself but his music holds up today. I was so glad to get my ipod nano and go in search of "albums" i thought were lost forever. Sultry and strong vocals with great lyrics and music.


I saw this man with his brothers at a concert in NY city. Carnegie Hall 1978. Let me just say I was blown away. This man is the best of all that has come into music. I met his brothers afterwards as well at the door and more then pleasant. I love pretty much all the songs that he put out there. What is on the radio is not my favorites though I wish they would play his music more. It still stands today as previously noted. Great job and glad a new album is out. Keep it going.

Gino smack dab in his prime!

Even before Brother to Brother Gino Vannelli was making great albums that combined a wonderful blend of jazz and rock with perhaps the greatest voice to ever grace the world of music. Brother to Brother scored big for Gino and was his fans dream come true to see a man of tremendous talent finally noticed. Brother to Brother starts off big with the powerful "Appaloosa" and never stops bringing you through one great song after another. There's of course his biggest hit "I Just Wanna Stop" written by his younger brother Ross, a song that's still known as one of the best love songs of all time. There's also "Wheels of Life" and its moving lyrics that are more meaningful today than when it was first released. Listening to the album almost 30 years after its release still sounds as fresh as ever and despite what was out back then Brother to Brother was in a class all by itself except this one finally put Gino on the map and for his fans it was most deserving and long overdue.


Born: June 16, 1952 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ranging from soul to soft rock, singer and songwriter Gino Vannelli earned several hits during the 1970s, including "People Gotta Move" and "I Just Wanna Stop." Vannelli learned to play the drums early in life and studied music theory at McGill University. He formed an R&B band with two brothers, but later began recording solo material for RCA in 1970. He became popular four years later when A&M released his hit single "People Gotta Move," from the Powerful People album (retitled People Gotta Move)....
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