The Brand New Heavies Brother Sister
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- Released: March 20, 2001
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Delicious Vinyl
Rolling Stone - 4/7/94, p.743 Stars - Good - "...BROTHER SISTER, the band's second album, is not unlike its American debut three years ago: chock-full of '70s funk and soul references, with a bit of fusion jazz and '90s reverence for all that is old thrown in....What [N'Dea Davenport] brings...is an ease of execution and a keen sense of style. She is as fluid as the band is tight, as blase as the players are intent...."
Musician - 4/94, p.92"...BROTHER SISTER is a chunky, funky blast...N'Dea Davenport['s]...singing is far more compelling than before--alternately smooth and sassy...BROTHER SISTER is like a great party: lively, varied and good-humored..."
NME (Magazine) - 4/9/94, p.417 - Very Good - "...BROTHER SISTER is a fine album, as far as it goes. The upbeat vibe they're noted for floods out from the opening tune..."
- 1.Have a Good Time
- 2.Brother Sister
- 3.Dream on Dreamer
- 4.Ten Ton Take
- 5.Mind Trips
- 7.Spend Some Time
- 8.Los Burritos
- 9.Back to Love
- 10.Snake Hips
- 11.Keep Together
- 12.People Giving Love
- 14.Day Break
The Brand New Heavies: Jan Kincaid (vocals, keyboards, drums, percussion); N'Dea Davenport (vocals, keyboards, percussion); Simon Bartholomew (guitar, percussion, background vocals); Andrew Levy (bass, percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Steve Williamson (saxophone); Gerard Presencer
Engineers include: Yo Yo, Special T, Martin Schmelze.
Recorded at Westlake, Hollywood Sound, Soundcastle, Los Angeles, California; Rak, Matrix Studios, London, England.
This album finds the BNH heading back to the groove-driven, horn-splashed, hand-clapping funk of their debut album, with N'Dea Davenport stepping back into her role as diva/lead vocalist. Following the string of distinguished rappers who made BNH's sophomore album a brave if not wholly successful attempt to infuse rap with the energy of live instruments, Davenport delivers the consistency that was missing from that effort. Repeated listens show this album to be catchier than it initially seems (as long as one avoids "Fake," tone of the most irritating songs in a long time), and when the BNH really lock into a groove, as they do on "Keep Together," the title track, and the instrumental "Snake Hips," they surely do put the funk back in it. ~ Peter Stepek
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