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Breaker Breaker My Heart

Breaker Breaker My Heart

  • Door Citizen Band
  • Release 24-11-2009
  • Muziekgenre Rock
  • Media-indeling CD
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If Berkley Hart is Jeff Berkley's ode to '70s acoustic vocal duos, his and Calman Hart's updated take on Seals & Crofts and Cecilio & Kapono, then Citizen Band is the other half of his musical soul: the hard-charging country rocker. Not that any of Berkley's projects are one-man shows, but he produced, engineered and mixed the CD and helped write all the songs, in addition to providing the lead vocals. His singing is outstanding here, and the vocal harmonies are nearly as good as those on Berkley Hart's albums. Still, it's a stellar lineup in addition to Berkley: lead guitarist Mike Spurgat and drummer Bill Coomes (both from San Diego's Deadline Friday), bassist Marcia Claire (Cindy Lee Berryhill) and pedal steel player John McBride. They've all established musical reputations before coming to Citizen Band, yet the members mesh wonderfully, creating something new and different from anything they've done before. At times sounding like early Eagles ('Boomerang Love,' 'Love You to the Bone'), and at others ('Slide,' 'Now You're Gone') like the Jayhawks, 'Breaker Breaker My Heart' consistently has more country than most anything that's come out of Nashville during the past two decades. That country twang gets coupled to some pretty hard-core rock, though, on tracks such as 'Broken Man,' where the band cuts loose on some mighty heavy rock and psychedelia ---- the sound is more James Gang than it is anything from the California country-rock movement. The songs here are top-shelf, all 15 of them, with not a dog in the lot. Most are in a country-rock vein, but 'Crush' has a kind of Elvis Costello melding of alternative and pop. Listening to this album a second or third time through, the feeling you get isn't that the band is about country-rock or Americana ---- instead, the music here has the feel of a work of love, that the members of Citizen Band could have turned out an all-blues album or a collection of bubble-gum pop and been just as happy, created songs just as memorable. By JIM TRAGESER - North County Times - July 2009 ~~~ One expects great things from a band whose lineup contains some heavy hitters from the local scene. Fronted by Jeff Berkley with bass and backup vocals by Marcia Claire, this talented group of musicians creates an appealing sound that is notable for it's emotive vocals, engaging harmonies, crisp rhythms, and sinewy guitar work. The melodies are catchy and couched in robust arrangements that showcase how well-crafted they are. Citizen Band plays rock, first and foremost, but they infuse it with stylistic touches of country, Americana, alternative rock, and folk. Influences abound. One can hear flashes of artists like Neil Young, R.E.M., the Traveling Wilburys, Heart, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Byrds in their melodies and delivery. The combination of Berkley's lead vocals and the harmonies spearheaded by Claire sometimes even evoke Buckingham/ Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac, particularly on a song like 'For Lillian.' Lyrically, the songs tend toward the personal and introspective, but they aren't sung with the intent to make them depressing or heavy. These guys make music that is at once fun and entertaining but also artful in it's execution. The songs encompass a variety of styles. 'Boomerang Love' is a pretty country ballad with soulful vocals by Berkley who relates the melancholy lyrics with a husky world-weariness. It serves as a nice interlude before 'Slide,' a perky alternative rock number that could have been the result of a collaboration between Michael Stipe and Crazy Horse. 'Love You to the Bone' is reminiscent of Tom Petty's 'I Won't Back Down,' but it goes in different directions, melodically. Some other standout numbers include the electric guitar-driven 'Broken Man,' which calls to mind 'Victim of Love,' one of the harder tracks from the Eagles' classic Hotel California album. It's got a deliciously nasty riff that's fuelled by a relentless bass and drum rhythm track. 'In Among the Roses' is a southern rock tour-de-force that wouldn't be out of place in a Lynyrd Skynyrd playlist. The 12-string guitar comes to the fore in 'Crush,' giving this song a distinct Byrds/R.E.M. flavor, that is, if either of those groups were fronted by Don Henley. The penultimate track is also my favorite. 'Waste of Time' sounds like the Beatles went country, complete with a George Harrison-style slide guitar break. It has what is possibly the most engaging melody of the album. It's an unlikely but highly appealing amalgam of Brit-Pop and Americana. While I cite many points of reference, I don't mean to imply that they are the sum total of their influences and nothing more. Citizen Band avails itself from a cornucopia of classic sounds, then combines and re-interprets them to create a really nice vibe. It might sometimes remind listeners of things they've heard before, but it has the virtue of being brand new music created by a terrifically talented band. - Mike Alvarez - San Diego Troubadour - July 2009.

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Kunstenaar: Citizen Band
Titel: Breaker Breaker My Heart
Genre: Rock
Releasedatum: 24-11-2009
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 641444050727

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