Album Details

RELEASE
October 25, 2005
LABEL
Forosoco Records
GENRES
Country, Roots Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Country-Folk

Album Review

Michael and Kevin Bacon have been quietly building the kind of quality catalog that evades most celebrity-driven (initially, at least) musical acts. The brothers' sometimes moody, always engaging, and often surprising blend of roots rock, alternative country, and blue-collar heartbreak has grown leaps and bounds since their 1997 debut, often eclipsing more mainstream artists who don't carry the stigma of a career in Hollywood. White Knuckles, their fifth record and first for the SpinArt label, falls somewhere between the atmospheric folk-pop of the Pernice Brothers and the Eagles. For the most part, the Bacon Brothers execute musical and lyrical clich├ęs so well that it's almost groundbreaking. 1970s arena rock jams like "Good News" and "Swing Low" are accessible to a fault, but likeable enough to cause a tremor in the listener's foot that will lead them from the barstool to the dancefloor. They catch some glow from some of the more thoughtful numbers like "Flowers," a heartbreaking ballad of missed opportunity with some magnificent and surprising key changes -- both that song and "Tuesday" are rife with the bombastic balladry of Pacific Ocean Blue-era Dennis Wilson. "What Am I Gonna Do" stealthily navigates the not-so-murky waters between Motown and modern rock, while the djembe-led "Coffins and Cradles" echoes Harry Chapin and James Taylor -- even a mandolin-heavy rendering of the George Harrison-penned Beatles classic "If I Needed Someone," complete with Fragile-era Yes harmonies -- is infectious. The Bacon Brothers may have had an easier window into their rock star dreams than most, but they're not content to just stand there and look cool with guitars; they came to play.
James Christopher Monger, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. White Knuckleshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles/id74405343?i=74405091&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. What Am I Gonna Do?http://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles-special-edition/id74405343?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Flowershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/flowers/id74405343?i=74405121&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Good Newshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/good-news/id74405343?i=74405242&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Unhappy Birthdayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/unhappy-birthday/id74405343?i=74405154&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Tuesdayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/tuesday/id74405343?i=74405293&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. If I Needed Someonehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles-special-edition/id74405343?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Hasn't Got a Hearthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles-special-edition/id74405343?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Swing Lowhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles-special-edition/id74405343?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Coffins and Cradleshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles-special-edition/id74405343?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Peace Dancehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles-special-edition/id74405343?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Get Away with Ithttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles-special-edition/id74405343?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. John's Songhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/white-knuckles-special-edition/id74405343?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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