Brothers Grimm

Going Cowboy

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Combining the jammy rock sound of early 90's bands like School of Fish and Jellyfish with the raucous post-punk approach of the Replacements and Soul Asylum, Brothers Grimm is one of the better bands to come out of Ann Arbor, MI in the mid-90's. Along with other local acts like the Holy Cows and the Deterents, they helped create a miniature movement of this sort of music for a short period. Unlike many groups that attempt this sort of music, this isn't dripping with second-rate Paul Westerberg riffs and generic lyrics about being drunk and sad. The band touches off of many points, bringing to mind the Monkees ("Hed") one moment just to recall Frank Zappa ("Bizness") the next. The best song is probably the tender "One Too Many," a finely crafted alternative ballad that describes regret in a touching and literate way without letting the dreaded 90's angst creep its way into the track. With a solid batch of songs and a good attitude towards the material, Brothers Grimm have made an album worth hunting down for fans of edgy, Midwestern rock.

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