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The Burrito Brothers

The Notorious Burrito Brothers

Review by Gary Hill

The Burrito Brothers were one of the original country rock acts. It's good to know that they are still keeping the musical concept alive in the 21st century. This release is pretty much exactly what you would expect, some strong country and soft rock with a real classic feel to it. There are some songs that standout as exceptional, but nothing here is weak.

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Track by Track Review
Bring It
I dig the energy and groove of this cut. It's a good party tune. This has plenty of 70s rock and country in the mix.
Sometimes You Just Can't Win
A bit meatier, this has some cool slide guitar and a great country rock edge to it.
Love Is a River
This cut is of epic proportions, coming in at nearly ten-minutes of music. More of a soft-rock kind of thing brings this in with a lot of class. It still has plenty of country music built into it, but then again that's a big part of that style of music. The number explodes out into a powerhouse jam that's very proggy. I can make out a lot of The Doors in the mix. After the half-way mark it shifts again, to a more country based movement that's slower, but still dramatic and potent. This tune is worth the price of admission all by itself.
Dark End of the Street
A slow moving, country based number, this has a lot of class. This has a classic 1970s vibe to it. The organ lends some retro magic, but the whole piece is so tasty.
Do Right Man
A catchy cut, this has plenty of mainstream rock, folk music and country in the mix.
Acrostic
There is a dreamy, trippy quality to this mellower tune. For some reason I'm actually reminded of some of the more grounded, dreamy songs from early Pink Floyd on this. The number has some build up and increased intensity at points. It's a dramatic and effective number.
Gravity
This bouncy tune has a lot of bluegrass built into it. It's a fun little romp.
Hearts Desire
A bit more of a mainstream rocker, this has some killer melodies and instrumental textures.
Wheels of Fire
I dig the blend of classic rock and country music with folk and more. The tune is a classy one that really grooves well. It's one of the highlights of the set and really gets powerful as it continues to build upward late.
 
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