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The Swon Brothers

The Swon Brothers – 2014 (Sony/Arista)

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

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If all you know about The Swon Brothers is their self-titled album's first single, "Later On," which sounds like a bad Florida Georgia Line imitation, you haven't truly met the brotherly act at their best. Although they won't give the Everly Brothers a run for their money (at least not sibling harmony-wise), this nevertheless contains some memorable songs.

For starters, the second single, "Pray for You," is a song that reminds us how whiskey and even friendly wisdom won't help as much as sincere prayer. The album ends with a wonderful tear-jerker and another spiritually-tinged lyric with "This Side of Heaven," which grapples with the pain on earth that only time in heaven can heal. On a slightly lighter note, "Chasing You Around" gallops to a country-rock groove that fondly recalls early Eagles music. The guy in it feels used and the chorus includes one really hard question: "Do you love me or love me chasing you around?"

The Swon Brothers may have only finished third place on the fourth season of The Voice, but there are more than enough high quality songs here to suggest true mainstream country music staying power. Except for "95," which is a partying-to-forget-the-heat song, this is much more focused on real, adult scenarios, in contrast to all the meaningless drinking songs on the radio. Let's hope this isn't the act's swan song.