ALBUM REVIEW: ‘Brother & Bones’ by Brother & Bones
‘Brother & Bones‘ is the debut album from the Cornwall-based band of the same name. Having just completed their UK headline tour and with a history of support slots for the likes of Bastille and Ben Howard, Brother & Bones brings us an exciting alt-rock release.
Opening track, Kerosene, comprises of powerful guitar driven rock and does what a good opener does best: it definitely makes you sit up and listen. This is followed by To Be Alive, which does what it says on the musical tin, combining a sense of vulnerability with the crashing power of a rock outfit. THE INDEPENDENT called Brother & Bones “…devastatingly powerful…” and I couldn’t have put it better myself.
Track 3 on Brother & Bones is the quintet’s current single – Omaha. Quite often bands miss the mark when picking a lead single, but boy, what a perfect choice this is. For me, Omaha summarises the strengths of this album. It sits firmly in the realms of alternative rock but its acoustic-led nature evokes a strong and distinctive element of folk. It’s crushing guitars caressed by tribal hand-drumming. Just think Mumford and Sons, but with more guts and grit.
One of my favourite tracks off of this release is Raining Stone. This track begins in a more stripped back fashion, building up a dense collection of melodies towards the end of the song. Brothers & Bones have been described as “the new Pearl Jam”; in this track though, I would also add there’s a gentle hint of Paolo Nutini’s early stuff, albeit a lot heavier, but the intense emotional connection similar to that of a singer-songwriter adds additional depth to Brother & Bones’s sound.
The latter half of the album is gentler than the vibrant and raucous first half. I wouldn’t say they are weak tracks though. It’s still pretty decent stuff.
As an overall musical product Brother and Bones has what you need in a decent rock album – cohesion, a distinct sense of self-style and vocals and guitars that fit together like lovers. But it’s also got the vulnerability of acoustic guitars and that underlying tribal-inspired beat. And it’s pretty bloody good.