Artist: The Burritos
Album: Sound As Ever
Label: SPV
Reviewer: Don Brown, Sr.
Date: Jul 28, 2011



 

The Burritos are a band of music veterans, brothers Chris & Fred James, Rick Lonow, and Walter Egan, who are bringing back classic Country Rock.  When I say classic Country Rock, I mean in the style of the Godfather of Country Rock, Gram Parsons, who died in 1973 at the tender age of twenty six but has left a lasting legacy.  These four musicians try their best to bring the best of Parsons out on their debut CD, SOUND AS EVER.
 
"FOR THE SAKE OF LOVE" is in the vein of The Flying Burrito Brothers rockers.  "BEGGARS BANQUET" is a straight Country tune with plenty of pedal steel guitar.  "MIDNIGHT BLUE" and "I AIN'T NO ANGEL" could be played right along side of today’s top alternative Country artists. "DEEP DARK SECERTS" is a heartbreaker that far too many of us can relate too.
 

"CALL IT LOVE" was co-written by drummer Rick Lonow and was a hit for Poco and the group does it well.  "CAROLINA CALYPSO" was written by Gram Parsons and Walter Egan and is done very well on SOUND AS EVER.  Co-written by Egan, "HEARTS ON FIRE" is a good song but the duet of Parsons and Emmy Lou Harris will always hold a special place in my heart.
 
"CITY OF ANGELS" is a love song to L. A. performed by these adopted sons. "ANGELINA" is a beautiful song that will stick with you long after the CD ends.  "HOW CAN YOU LOSE (WHAT YOU NEVER HAD)" is a song about unrequited love. They make you know that if this happens to you, it still feels like a loss.  "BUILD A FIRE" is one of my favorite songs on this disc.  The Burritos SOUND AS EVER is a good CD with just a few missteps. I can't wait to see this band live.

Check the album out here: http://www.amazon.com/Sound-As-Ever-Burritos/dp/B0052035OG


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