The McCloskey Brothers Band

The McCloskey Brothers Band

The McCloskey Brothers Band

Sunny On Top

My fundamental problem with Christian fundamentalists is their lack of aesthetic value. From Jerry Falwell to Rush Limbaugh, apart from never rocking out to Led Zeppelin, they seem to not only dislike “art” in general, they don’t want anyone else to enjoy it either. This brings us to The McCloskey Brothers Band’s eponymous release. It seems as though a bunch of art-hating but god-fearing Christians got together and decided to effectively end all of music by releasing one of the most cliché-ridden, rankling albums that I have heard in my entire life, replete with a mission statement and pictures of large mountains in the liner notes.

With a picture of the band sandwiched between two banal quotes, one by Cat Stevens, and the other by Bob Marley, there is no doubt about it: The McCloskey Brothers are all about love, or as they put it, “L-O-V-E.” This is an album that is just smidgen too Jesus-y to guarantee this band a slot on the HORDE tour that will coincide with the apocalypse. There is no doubt about it, lyrics such as “The Son’s going down/The Son’s going down/Through the ground” on the song “Son’s Going Down” are clearly about cunnilingus. Track four, “Angel,” essentially has the same bass line from The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under The Bridge,” with a banjo riff that would even make those O Brother Where Art Thou faux-folk-revivalists calling “Bullshit!” The lyrics “You shine like an angel/When the lights go down/You turn my tables/You turn them around/And as we dance/You make no sound/I say forever/We will be bound” could only be construed as religious if the listener were twelve-years-old and somehow was deprived of the copy of Snoop Dogg’s new LP that gets issued upon admittance into any local public school in good national standing, or, you know, Rush Limbaugh.

Let me clear it up. Don’t buy this album, even if you like watered-down hillbilly rock. Don’t buy this album. Don’t buy this album. Don’t buy this album. I can not stress enough the poor taste that the ever-reputable Sunny On Top record label exercised by releasing this album. Just to make sure there is no misunderstanding, I’m being sarcastic about the record label being reputable, as well.

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