Album review: Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, What the Brothers Sang (Domino)


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On their tribute to The Everly Brothers, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Faun Fables' Dawn McCarthy avoid the obvious hits in favour of more unfamiliar items from the brothers' repertoire – most strikingly, a chugging rockabilly version of the Spencer Davis Group's hit “Somebody Help Me”, which Billy sings with a fervour unmatched anywhere in his vast catalogue.

It's the biggest surprise of a warm, affectionate set that ranges from country weepies like “Empty Boxes” and “What Am I Living For” to the gently psychedelic soft-rock of “Just What I Was Looking For”, which recalls The Association. The most evident echoes of the Everlys' harmonies are in “Devoted to You”.

Download: Just What I Was Looking For; Devoted to You; Somebody Help Me