King Of Nothing (BNA)
The Warren Brothers are hard-touring road warriors who have been building a following for their high-energy rockin' country since their 1998 debut, Beautiful Day In The Cold Cruel World. They also scored a hit this summer, teaming up with Sara Evans, on "That's The Beat Of A Heart," from the soundtrack to the film Where The Heart Is. "Heart" is a nice enough song and deserved its radio exposure, but there's usually more energy and edge to the music of the Florida-born siblings. Brett (vocals and guitar) and Brad (lead guitar and harmony vocals) make that clear on the strutting, good-natured "Strange." There's a similar feel to the ringing "Move On," "Do-Ya" and "What We Can't Have," which provides a new twist on the old grass-is-always-greener theme.
One of the best songs, and most colorful, is "Superstar," about a would-be entertainer who goes to Nashville and sleeps her way to the top of the charts. There are other effective ballads in the easygoing Eagles-influenced "Waiting For The Light To Change" and the simple countryfied "Where Does It Hurt." The best of the batch, however, and a strong candidate to be a hit, is the haunting, brooding title track.
Despite the rock feel of some of the songs, there's a strong country flavor to the music, which is provided by the Warrens and their touring band rather than the usual Nashville cats. With fiddles and steel effectively counterbalancing the electric guitars and heavy drums, there's little doubt that country is still a driving force for these brothers. And with their unique writing and performing abilities, there's little doubt they could soon be climbing the hit list with this impressive sophomore release.