What the Brothers Sang

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Here’s title No. 161 for the BPB completist to add to his library. It’s ostensibly a collection of Everly Brothers songs, though Everly fans looking for classics like “All I Have to Do is Dream” will have to dream on, as most of the songs here are more obscure. This won’t matter to younger fans, and both Bonnie and McCarthy’s vocals are, as usual, worth the price of admission; if you can find a better duo today, I’ll burn my Dolly & Kenny records. For Bonnie fans, there’s also the factor that he has, once again, hired skilled Nashville studio hands, so if you’re like me and prefer his rag-tag groups of indie rockers who sound like they just learned the songs earlier this morning, this band may leave you feeling too dry. Essential? No. Fun? Overall, yes.