Sons & Lovers

Sons & Lovers

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Sons & Lovers Review

by Will Grega

Their repertoire encompasses feminist folk, doo wop, jazz, Broadway, and pop. While they lack the gift for hysterical campiness and use-of-humor-to-drive-home-social-points that the Flirtations are known for, Sons & Lovers have heart to spare. Their curious collection of songs digs deeply into the American pop songbook to unearth such classics as the Doobie Brothers' "Depending On You" and the Zombies' "No Time." The crew also covers Romanovsky & Phillips, Holly Near, Cris Williamson, and a couple of barbershop and vaudeville-set political tunes.

An honest recording in which the group is placed across the stereo spectrum in real space, effects like reverb and digital delay have been kept to a minimum. That quest for purity sacrifices sound enhancement, which is surely welcome in an environment where men's voices are the only instrument.

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