Brooklyn Brothers

The Album

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After watching writer/director/musician Ryan O'Nan's 'directorial debut, the 2011 independent rock & roll road trip comedy The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best -- which follows a quirky, indie pop duo as they attempt to tour their way to Los Angeles to compete in a battle of the bands -- impressed the folks at Rhino enough to ink a record deal with the fictional outfit. Sadly, The Album, which features ten songs from the film, feels like the pieced together end product from a lost-weekend bedroom recording binge, replete with budget keyboard-induced drum loops and questionable double-tracked vocals that bemoan the insular pain of failed relationships over the same two chords. The lo-fi vibe is backed up by O'Nan's partner in crime, Michael Weston, who in the film, plays an unstable slacker with a passion for musical instruments that are geared more toward the toddler/pre-teen crowd, which explains the kazoo solo that furthers the downward spiral of the already mostly unlistenable "278 Airport," one of several offerings that sound a little like the skeletal beginnings of a Lightning Seeds or Magnetic Fields song that was later stripmined of its better material and shipped off to the recycle bin. To be fair, tracks like "Come On Girl," "Hey Captain," and "Someday" may be more effective and less cloying in the context of the film, as the band's name (the Brooklyn Brothers) feels like a not so subtle dig at the area's notoriously fertile music scene, but it all feels a little too much like the Flight of the Conchords with the funny bits removed, resulting in a harmless and good-natured set of hipster porch jams that would probably have never seen the light of day had they not been attached to celluloid.

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