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Micky and the Motorcars

Careless – 2007 (Smith Music Group)

Reviewed by John Walker

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Reckless Kelly or Micky and the Motorcars" Take your choice because they sound exactly the same. The Braun boys, Micky and Gary of the Motorcars, travel down the same music road as their brothers Cody and Willy of Reckless Kelly, with no variation at all.

That is not to say they are not a talented group, the music on this cd does include a nice mix of rocking guitar, steel guitar by the great Lloyd Maines, and some acoustic numbers as well. The problem is there is nothing that sticks out, because of the similarities between the two bands.

The vocals of Micky also lack any variation in range. As you switch from song to song, it is difficult to get any emotional ties to draw you inside the music. The lyrical quality may be lacking in some songs as well, but there are some highlights. The song "Carolina Morning," which features the aforementioned Maines adding to the heartbreak feel, is a beautiful ballad. Also Micky's "Long and Lonely Highway" is a nice acoustic ballad.

The problem is it all sounds too familiar. Micky and the Motorcars do display the instrumental talent for the country/rock field, but they lack any unique ability here to stand out above their predecessors.