Sawyer Brown, George Strait
Husband and wife duo Brett and Rennie Sparks have been putting out albums over the past two decades. Their latest release introduces a semi-concept album where each song is named after an animal. In addition, the album mentions historic figures throughout. While we like the idea, this turns out to be a colossal flop.
Various songs do mention the animal within the body of the lyrics but the imagery used is so contrived and forced this immediately falls short once you hit track two. Wilderness is boring Americana, with acoustic instruments that we usually enjoy; mandolin,banjo, guitar, and piano. The overriding problem with The Handsome Family is Brett's god awful droning voice. His country driven solemn style presents absolutely no range and is downright tiring. Imagine an awful Johnny Cash impersonator who is more akin to David Hasselhof attempting country on a bad day. Now we are not going to lie to you; country music is not one of our favorite genres, but Brett's vocals and the simplistic instrumental support are painful reminders of why country is often borderline torture.
Standout Track: Caterpillers