The Upshot: Wonderful laid-back late ‘70s-styled pop with smart lyrics, horns, and keys.
BY JOHN B. MOORE
The spirit of Harry Nilsson is alive and well in Brother Roy. And so is Randy Newman, Marshall Crenshaw and George Harrison, for that matter.
On his debut, Last Man Standing, Roy and crew play a satisfying blend of laid-back pop, with smart lyrics, punctuated by horns, organ and piano that has been sorely missing from music since the late ‘70s. The 11 songs here vacillate between wistful (“Sunshine Lady,” “Carolina”) jubilant (“Crazy Bill”) and just plain funky (“Heartbreaker”).
Recorded on the cheap – the entire project was paid for with $50 gigs at the local bar, according to Roy – you’d be hard pressed to find anything low-budget about this self-release. The music is tight and the songwriting even tighter. A stellar debut that hopefully means more is on the way from Brother Roy.
DOWNLOAD: “Heartbreaker,” “Crazy Bill” and “Brother Sam”