Saturday, June 18, 2011

CD Review: The Belle Brigade's Folk Rock Debut

The brother/sister duo of Ethan and Barbara Gruska have released their debut album as The Belle Brigade. Their music ranges from folk storytelling to acoustic rock as the two share vocal duties throughout the album.

The album begins with the gentle folk sounds of "Sweet Louise" that proudly showcases how well their voices mesh together. The tempo picks up with the protest-type rocker "Where Not To Look For Freedom". Their lyrics and voices seem more effective on the slow acoustic rocks songs like "Losers" and "Punchline". The band opens up and expands their sound on the alternative rocker "Lonely, Lonely" while also transforming to country on "Rusted Wheel". The album closes with the heartfelt balled "Fasten You To Me".

The self-titled album was released back in April on Reprise Records. The Belle Brigade are currently on their summer tour and will be in the Northeast area at the beginning of July performing at some festivals. For a complete list of tour dates, song samples, and videos, please visit their website

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