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    Br. Danielson – Brother is to Son – [Secretly Canadian]

    Br. Danielson
    Brother is to Son
    [Secretly Canadian]
    Here we have the 6th full-length Danielson Famile release, and you’re
    in for another romp through indie folk pop. This is Daniel Smith’s
    (aka Brother Danielson) personal project but stays in the Famile mold
    of lo-fi unconventional spiritual exploration. The term Christian
    rock DOESN’T apply here. The nonsecular messages often don’t require
    a religious context, and the music is a real treat.
    The album has two halves – songs 1-5 are upbeat rockin’ jamborees
    featuring Daniel’s acoustic guitar and distinct falsetto vocals
    /yelps. The family backs up (and I mean family, the Danielson clan is
    a modern Partridge family, hear track 10’s chorus: “Sisters and
    daughters and brothers and sons are we.”). Backing up are heavy doses
    of chorus singing (bordering on screaming) and a spattering of
    instruments including classics: piano/electric guitar and down-home
    goodness: banjo, jaw harp, and tambourines. The arrangements are
    more complex than previous Famile releases and the result is
    captivating. They sound like a country lo-fi version of the Shins.
    Each song has a different raw sound, so don’t dismiss the album based
    on one song.
    Track 6 represents a transition to the second half of the half, where
    Daniel tones it down and pours his emotion into slow, vulnerable tales
    of spirituality. Of the three following songs, track 9 was my fav.
    Track 10 brings it all back together with a solid upbeat finale of
    family chorus.
    Overall I’d call it the best Danielson Famile release to date.
    – Brother Mac

  • Reviewed by Mac on April 16, 2005 at 7:23 pm
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