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Brother Hawk - Brother Hawk - 2005 - Disc Makers

Track Listing

1. Peace Pipe
2. God Loves Everybody
3. Your Heart's Grown Wings
4. Let it Go
5. Coyote
6. Mr. Big Cheese
7. Time to Sail
8. Turquoise
9.
Brother Hawk is a two-man band with a tight instrumental arrangement that make for an intresting sound that can only be described as southern rock . David Fraley provides the rocking guitar riffs and smooth vocals while drummer Jimmy Jones adds in his pounding drum rhythms. All but one of the eight tracks on this sel-titled CD was written by Fraley and Jones with special guest William Clark and Doug Geist.

Starting off with a soothing blend of melodic traditional Native American flutes by William Clark, PEACE PIPE has a wonderful Native American sound that I really enjoyed, being the Native American Music fan I am. But then you're thrust into a track called GOD LOVES EVERYBODY that has strong drum and guitar riffs, almost sounding rock-ish. However, the lyrics aren't quite matched to the song, and they sound more country or 70's rock-a-billy. There is a strong Christian influence to be heard in a few songs and an underlying 'back-to nature' message. LET IT GO, attempts to rock out, but the motorcycle sound effects aren't very realistic; I actually thought the CD was messing up. TIME TO SAIL is a sweet love song about memories of a lover lost, which seems to be the tone for the entire album, sweet and a bit mournful.

Brother Hawk does have potential and all the makings of a great band; a southern rock band like Blackfoot or maybe Marshall Tucker. It just doesn't show very well on this album. The vocals seem a bit flat and more suited to maybe country, this was nothing to get excited over. But if you like the sounds of the late 60's early 70's then perhaps you should pick this up, but be warned this isn't for everyone.


--GLITTERGIRL 03.16.06



Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Glittergirl3/30/2006


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