Brothers Osborne: Skeleton Album Review

15 Dec

Lighten Up:  The epitome of bro-country.  A party song.  Repetitve.  But a light-opener.

All Night:  I like the, “I got the ___ if you ____” section.  The base and guitar are the real standouts of this song.  The interlude is interesting.

All the Good Ones Are:  Hand claps, and more rock-driven then I remember from their last album.  A little more superficial and light.  Good beat.

I’m Not for Everyone:  Features accordion?  It’s a more introspective song than the rest.

Skeletons:  Their low vocals are easily my favorite thing about the band.  And this intro is the very 1st song to include that.  The beat is nice, and the hum of the resonant voice makes this my very favorite song of the album (so far, I’m writing as I listen for the 1st time).  Also, good word play, “…skeletons in your closet and I’ve got bones to pick with them.”  The faster beat on the bridge/interlude is cool.  I also like toward the end when the music steps up and increases the tension.  Good!

Back on the Bottle:  I really like this retro sound.  The beat reminds me of Virginia City.  And the vocals are the best when they are LOW.  It gives them a difference from every other bro-country artist.  It’s a hybrid of outlaw country, bro/party country, and a drinking song.  And there is the waltz dance melody/beat.  

High Note:  It’s a break up song and ballad.  At the risk of sounding like a hater, I’m going to say it’s largely forgettable.  Too much repetition, not enough variation.

Muskrat Greene:  This song made me immediately excited.  And the long instrumental is very strong at telling a story without the vocals.  I really love it.  Just the fast piano and scales then pounding is unique (for these times) and a throw-back to “Pipeline”.  Brothers Osborne need to stick to this updated old-school, as it is their niche!  This is the kind of sound that makes them special.

Dead Man’s Curve:  That transition!  Muskrat seamlessly goes to this song.  It had been good by itself, but it’s also great as just a long intro.  And the hand-claps here, really belong, unlike “All the Good Ones” where it took it to a superficial place.  This song does what country is supposed to do–tell a story.  And I’m entertained throughout.  The instrumentation takes center stage as it should, but the lyrics go with it well.

Make it a Good One:  a life is short song.  Even though it’s cliche’ I really got the feels and appreciated the reminder.  The rising guitar fits the message.  A nice little song.

Hatin’ Somebody:  The placement on the album is good, following the life is short song.  And I didn’t like the song at first.  It’s too preachy with the other.  And it was plain.  But the guitar pieces and also, “tell me something good” (same sound) chorus make it interesting and familiar all at once.  The ch ch ha ha are mmm–I guess I’m neutral on it.  But the guitar fly-rolling (reminds me of “flute-loop” a little)  sound is really fun.

Old Man’s Boots:  Good descriptive language a lot of metaphors and similes.  Active use of symbolism, and attempts to convey emotion.  All good.  But I don’t really care for this current day sentimental type song.  It just rings a little disingenuous to me–that may be more my cynicism than anything coming through in this song.

The album takes a sharp turn on song 5.  It goes from trite, bro-party country to something better.  I wish they would cut out the first 4 songs, actually–it’s that much of a change.  

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