The Songs of Work and Freedom

The Songs of Work and Freedom

by Brothers CosmolineBrothers Cosmoline


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Garnering all of the years of performing and musicianship from its cast, the first record from this bluegrass and country group starts off with a rousing "More Than Fine," recalling all the great pickers of the past, as well as a lovely pedal steel guitar. Using a slow but very reliable rhythm to transmit the feeling in tracks such as "Bramalea," the group is able to fuse influences such as Bill Monroe with current artists such as Prairie Oyster and Blue Rodeo, if led by Greg Keelor. "Spinning," similar to Dire Straits' "The Bug" on slow-speed dubbing, offers up more of the same folk and rootsy arrangement with toe-tapping satisfaction and attraction. When the group opts for a slower, more melodic approach, songs such as "Motel 6" emit a feeling of listening to Jeff Tweedy and Chris Isaak debate the virtues of Mark Knopfler. Lead singer Dan Kershaw doesn't allow his voice to carry the album, acting more like any other instrument with positive results. Like most albums, though, there are a few songs that aren't as strong and sound too formulaic, especially the pop-country atmosphere on "We Didn't Feel a Thing," where the group tries a bit too hard. And the radical adaptation of "No Reply" is courageous but adds little to the album's whole. Thankfully, "It's Alright" steers the musical ship back on course. This is an album which grows on the listener effortlessly.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2004
Label: Slewfoot
UPC: 0809812081326
catalogNumber: 813

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brothers Cosmoline   Primary Artist
Eric Allen   Bass Drums
Gene Hardy   Saw
John Switzer   Bass,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Mia Sheard   Vocal Harmony
Howie Beck   Drums,Vocal Harmony
John Adames   Drums,Group Member
Sean O'Connor   Saxophone
Burke Carroll   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar,Weissenborn,Group Member
Matt Putman   Drums,Vocal Harmony
Nancy Kershaw   Violin

Technical Credits

Christopher Cross   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Rick Nielsen   Composer
John Switzer   Producer,Engineer
Dan Kershaw   Producer
James Paul   Engineer

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