Monday, December 20, 2010
Review: Calico Brothers “Road of Bones” [EP]
New Zealand's Calico Brothers are back with a new five song EP entitled “Road of Bones”, following their notable country tinged pop rock release, “Tell It To The Sun” (review here). The tunes gracing the new EP carry on the band’s tradition and love of harmonious acoustic based pop.
The subdued “Hold On Love” begins the EP – a haunting and beautiful fingerpicked tune that allows the pristine vocals to shine. The harmonies from the brothers Calico are most inviting. “Sick In Love” is more upbeat, and the boys add in a dingy electric guitar and hand claps to add a new dynamic to the atmosphere – sounds very Traveling Wilburys. “Lonely Christmas (Hallelujah)” is a timely piece that will provide a refreshing change of pace in anyone’s winter playlist. But with a well balanced mix of acoustic and electric guitar, “Rock Rose” may just be my favorite on the EP.
Don’t miss the Calico Brothers if you like The Jayhawks, The Thorns, and Grapes of Wrath.
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Listen to "Rock Rose":