Easy listening makes a comeback through an unlikely source
At first glance, both the cover and the sound of The Jeremiah Brothers’ self-titled debut album could have been recorded in America’s Deep South.
Echoes of Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Don McLean and the less pop-driven sounds of the Bee Gees ooze from the ten-track offering from West Sussex brothers Kevin and Ciaran Jeremiah.
But it may surprise you to know that the pair are also members of “post-Britpop” band The Feeling, most famous for Love It When You Call from the 2013 album Boy Cried Wolf.
The Jeremiahs make a complete about-turn from the dog-eat-dog world of pop music when this delightful album though, full of nods to Bob Dylan, The Carpenters and even Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven, based on the acapella track Apoc.
Right from the opening, lullaby-sounding Born, Kevin and Ciaran manage to find their folk-inspired roots through London Angel, Never Let Me Go, Please Don’t Forget and the outstanding Half of Me Leaving.
Could The Jeremiah Brothers be the 21st century version of Don and Phil Everly? Or are they merely trying to live down their BRIT Award-nominated past?
Review by Winston Brown