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Brothers Osborne (EMI Nashville, 2023)

Brothers Osborne

Reviewed by Dan MacIntosh

There are no big social statements made on Brothers Osborne's self-titled album. However, as long as this brotherly duo matches John Osborne's funky/twangy electric guitar with T.J. Osborne's deep holler lead vocals, that scintillating sibling sound is more than good enough to satisfy. This album's 11 tracks find these two further perfecting their catchy, distinctive vibes.

Country people, with their unique Bible Belt locales, probably think more about sin and its consequences than those on the coasts do. This is why "New Bad Habit," which uses drink and cigarette addictions to describe an irresistible attraction, is so effective. "I'm the nicest of the vices," T.J. drawls enticingly at one point on it. Although these bros aren't in an especially serious mood often, one called "Nobody's Nobody" speaks to how all of us have value – no matter who we are or what we may do for a living.

And while electric guitar is the lead instrument of choice for most of the songs, the album closes with a sweet piano ballad love song called "Rollercoaster (Forever and a Day)." It's a unique chorus that states, "I could ride this rollercoaster for forever and a day." Rollercoasters are usually mentioned to describe scary situations. However, in this instance, piano and classical-y strings are applied to help describe how – whenever opposites attract – it can sometimes feel like a wild ride, but will also never feel anything less than worth all the crazy twists and turns.

Brothers Osborne may give the people what they want, but it's also true we really want what they're giving us.

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