Resolution is the BoDeans' first album of new material in eight years and the group's first release on Zoe. The band's sound -- in the past and present -- is built on a combination of American roots music and the songwriting team of Sam Llanas and Kurt Neumann. Llanas and Neumann are both fine singers, too, but the duo's specialty is the way their voices intertwine. This is evident from Resolution's upbeat opener, "If It Makes You," a happy rocker filled with high-flying vocals and lots of guitar. This method works so well that the band follows with three more buoyant rockers before slowing down a bit for "Nobody Loves Me." While the program doesn't vary much from this basic blueprint, the BoDeans keep the energy level high and throw in enough variety to keep the arrangements interesting. Strings have been added to several cuts ("Marianne," "Crazy") to good effect, and accordion brings a bit of Tex-Mex to "Wild World." Two of the most effective pieces, "Two Souls" and "Slipping into You," downplay the heavier rock elements for evocative electric and acoustic blends. Resolution finds the BoDeans in good form as the band revisits its distinct brand of Americana, and will be eagerly sought after by fans.
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- Zoe Records
Performance CreditsBoDeans Primary Artist
Bob Griffin Group Member
Kurt Neumann Group Member
Michael Ramos Accordion,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Nick Kitsos Drums
Kevin Leahy Drums,Vibes
Nick Kitsos Drums
Sam Llanas Group Member
Technical CreditsKurt Neumann Composer
Steven Jurgensmeyer Art Direction
Aaron Thompson Engineer
Gerry Hansen Engineer
Sam Llanas Composer
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THIS CD WAS AWESOME A MUST HAVE DEFINITELY !!!
A BoDeans fan since Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams, I would not consider my CD collection complete without a copy of Resolution. No surprises here - it’s entirely enjoyable in classic BoDeans style, if a bit weaker than the trio’s earlier recordings. Resolution has several bright spots, including “If It Makes You”, “Two Souls” and the up-tempo “617”. Faithfully melodic with great vocal harmonies, and of course, rock and roll accordion riffs, Resolution is a long-awaited must-have for any BoDeans fan.