The Warren Brothers
The Warren Brothers
Every now and then, as a person who reviews new music, you get a CD into your hands for review that requires prayer. The new Warren Brothers CD is one of those cases for me. It arrived sans artwork, and I laid it on my desk and circled around it warily for days. You see, it required prayer and trepidation on my part, because, well....I know these guys. We were neighbors in an apartment complex in Clearwater, Florida several years ago, when they were still a rock band in the Tampa Bay area called St. Warren. They've since moved onto country music and have made a home and a name in Nashville. The toughest reviews you'll ever have to do are the ones of artists who are your friends and who you know. So, reviewing this CD had the fear of God jumping up into my throat, because, dammit...I wanted this to be a good recording. It's rough when you have to trash your friends' music to maintain your honesty and integrity. I got my nerve up, popped open a Tequiza, and stuck the CD into my player.
Oh, happy day! This thing is good! I can say positive things and still not piss anyone off! Starting off with the tune "Strange," twangy guitars kick in with the opening and stall out momentarily to allow the bass to speak its introduction, and then vocals kick in and your off on a rockin' country trip. The message in this song is how fate directs our lives, and we end up looking back and thinking how "strange" life is and how things we don't expect at all happen in our lives. Moving onto "Waiting for the Light to Change," the recording gets even better and offers up a hook straight out of the Ali-Forman boxing match. It's your classic "I'm leaving your sorry ass" song, only to have the writer decide in the end to turn around and head back into the relationship for one more try.
Next up is "Where Does It Hurt," a sweet, sentimental song of recognition to the people who make our pain go away no matter what comes along in life. One other tune that deserves a nod of recognition here is "What We Can't Have," which opines the whole theory of wanting the things that are unattainable in our lives because of circumstance, station, or lack of necessary talent. I'm really proud of the Warren Brothers for making their move to Nashville and into country music. It's so good to see local boys make it as a success, no matter where they take their God-given gifts of music. Although this recording gets a little weak in the end, all in all, it's a keeper, and one that will keep their road to glory open and free of obstacles for the next year or so. What a relief, I didn't have to be negative at all for this review. A must have for the fans of easy, relaxed country music.
Lee Ann Leach