Wooldridge Brothers The Unreel Hits
Published Mar 01, 2002It takes balls to open an LP with a line like, "it was a dark and stormy night. The Wooldridges, Scott and Brian, proceed to string together a bunch more clichés and manage to obtain the critical mass needed to transcend hackneyed images with the Brinsley Schwarz-ish country soul opener "Didnt See It Coming. The rest of the LP of leftovers and cast-offs from their previous three records liberally mixes pop, soul and twang in an equally pleasing way. Think a twangier Marshall Crenshaw, or a poppier Silos, and youll have a good idea. You might want to throw some Bodeans and Wilco into that mix as well. "Why I Love has a strong Crowded House vibe and "Lost From Sight recalls prime Cuddy-sung Blue Rodeo. "Snake Bit is a jangle-y charmer, while "Counter Culture People is initially a wee bit twee before it takes off with the entry of the strings. "Fascism On The Radio sounds like a lost This Years Model track. It must be nice to have quality stuff like this to collect for your odds and sods LP.