Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

BO DEANS

Mr. Sad Clown

2010-03-06

It was 1979 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, that Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas formed what is now the Bo Deans, and their voices still harmonize in a distinctive way that feels like summer, the windows rolled down in your car and a cold beer on the front porch. They scored first in 1986, teaming up with T-Bone Burnett for "Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams" and continue the legacy of great songs with this, their ninth studio CD (they have two live discs, a best-of and some b-side collections, too). This set opens with a traditional Bo Deans rocker, "Stay," which also introduces something new for the guys, a bit of trumpet on the chorus. You'll find more of that rock harmony on "Say Goodbye," "Let it Ride," "Feel 'Lil Love" and "Back Then." The other cuts are more reflective in nature, but still feature flashes of that blend of voices that keep them -- and us -- coming back for more. New Bo Deans = Must Be Getting Warmer Outside! R-Contemporary 03/10 Michael J.

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Rock

  • reviewed 12/2007

    WILL DAILEY
    Back Flipping Forward

  • reviewed 12/2006

    THE SHAKES
    The Shakes

  • reviewed 02/2005

    Andrew Bird
    The Mysterious Production of Eggs

  • reviewed 04/2006

    Built To Spill
    You In Reverse

  • reviewed 02/2014

    PONY BOY
    The Devil In Me EP

  • reviewed 08/2007

    MEMPHIS
    A Little Place in the Wilderness

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.