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If Berkley Hart is Jeff Berkley's ode to '70s acoustic vocal duos, his and Calman Hart's updated take on Seals & Crofts and Cecilio & Kapono, then Citizen Band is the other half of his musical soul: the hard-charging country rocker. Not that any of Berkley's projects are one-man shows, but he produced, engineered and mixed the CD and helped write all the songs, in addition to providing the lead vocals. His singing is outstanding here, and the vocal harmonies are nearly as good as those on Berkley Hart's albums. Still, it's a stellar lineup in addition to Berkley: lead guitarist Mike Spurgat and drummer Bill Coomes (both from San Diego's Deadline Friday), bassist Marcia Claire (Cindy Lee Berryhill) and pedal steel player John McBride. They've all established musical reputations before coming to Citizen Band, yet the members mesh wonderfully, creating something new and different from anything they've done before. At times sounding like early Eagles ('Boomerang Love,''Love You to the Bone'), and at others ('Slide,''Now You're Gone') like the Jayhawks,'Breaker Breaker My Heart' consistently has more country than most anything that's come out of Nashville during the past two decades. That country twang gets coupled to some pretty hard-core rock, though, on tracks such as 'Broken Man,' where the band cuts loose on some mighty heavy rock and psychedelia ---- the sound is more James Gang than it is anything from the California country-rock movement. The songs here are top-shelf, all 15 of them, with not a dog in the lot. Most are in a country-rock vein, but 'Crush' has a kind of Elvis Costello melding of alternative and pop. Listening to this album a second or third time through, the feeling you get isn't that the band is about country-rock or Americana ---- instead, the music here has the feel of a work of love, that the members of Citizen Band could have turned out an all-blues album or a collection of bubble-gum pop and been just as happy, created songs just as memorable. By JIM TRAGESER - North County Times - July
  • Citizen Band - Breaker Breaker My Heart [CD]
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LanguageEnglish
Publication Date20091124
Publisher ImprintAudio & Video Labs, Inc

Breaker Breaker My Heart

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