12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Waukesha, Wisconsin’s BoDeans have been performing their unpretentious no-frills roots rock since the mid-80s when their music fell under the alternative ‘college rock’ umbrella. In 2008, with the release of their eighth studio album, Still, the BoDeans more closely align with the alt-country movement. Their tunes strike a stronger western theme, their accents shift towards Americana, and their pop energy has been slightly modified to reflect the years of road wear and life experience. No longer kids singing about the first flush of love, Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas turn their attentions to the resilient human spirit, using their natural harmonies to find the way out of life’s difficult puzzles. Producer T-Bone Burnett densely packs the mix with solid walls of guitar with the occasional accordion sneaking past.  “Waste A Lifetime,” “Wonder Wonder” and “Found a Reason” chase that familiar mid-western terrain ably farmed by Tom Petty with a touch of the raucous punk energy that always inspired (if never informed) the band’s traditional sound.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Waukesha, Wisconsin’s BoDeans have been performing their unpretentious no-frills roots rock since the mid-80s when their music fell under the alternative ‘college rock’ umbrella. In 2008, with the release of their eighth studio album, Still, the BoDeans more closely align with the alt-country movement. Their tunes strike a stronger western theme, their accents shift towards Americana, and their pop energy has been slightly modified to reflect the years of road wear and life experience. No longer kids singing about the first flush of love, Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas turn their attentions to the resilient human spirit, using their natural harmonies to find the way out of life’s difficult puzzles. Producer T-Bone Burnett densely packs the mix with solid walls of guitar with the occasional accordion sneaking past.  “Waste A Lifetime,” “Wonder Wonder” and “Found a Reason” chase that familiar mid-western terrain ably farmed by Tom Petty with a touch of the raucous punk energy that always inspired (if never informed) the band’s traditional sound.

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