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Everette

Slow Roll – 2018 (Broken Bow)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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P>Everette is a duo consisting of Brent Rupard and Anthony Olympia, and the pair's name is taken from George Clooney's character in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" If only Everette's music was as witty as that Coen Brothers film.

This EP's title track flows like a combination of almost any Chris Janson track and Little Big Town's "Pontoon." It's a relaxed, breezy floatation device. The song's closest lyrical relative is "Row, Row, Row Your Boat." It's escapist material, and as such, is not bad. "Mugshots," though, is like a nicer, less misogynistic Florida Georgia Line. (FGL is also a duo, by the way). "Can't Say No" is another one of those vice vs. virtue songs about bad habits difficult to avoid. The song features a killer opening line with, "Long legged women and long neck bottles."

These five songs are all relatively lighthearted. As with Florida Georgia Line, no problem's too big that a drunken party won't fix it. It's quite alright to have a good time, but no life is a party all the time. A tad more emotional balance would have earned Everette a little more respect. Then again, this is a brief, five-song EP. Maybe watching some of the Coen Brothers' more serious films might expand their point of view.