Boys Are Back

Boys Are Back

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by The Oak Ridge Boys
     
 

Never the hippest of country groups, the Oak Ridge Boys do their damnedest to give themselves some kind of an edge on their 2009 comeback The Boys Are Back. Technically, the Boys never went away, they just started singing gospel, disappearing from the major-label secular country scene sometime after 1992. They make up for the long wait between records bySee more details below

Overview

Never the hippest of country groups, the Oak Ridge Boys do their damnedest to give themselves some kind of an edge on their 2009 comeback The Boys Are Back. Technically, the Boys never went away, they just started singing gospel, disappearing from the major-label secular country scene sometime after 1992. They make up for the long wait between records by overcompensating greatly, hiring Shooter Jennings to write the repetitive chant of the title track, singing Neil Young's "Beautiful Bluebird," and, most bizarrely, covering the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," transposing the ominous thudding riff to voice and piano. This stab at coolness -- an attempt to replicate Johnny Cash singing Nine Inch Nails -- misses the mark by a mile because the Boys show little understanding of what makes the song, and more distressingly, what makes the group tick, either. This isn't the only grand misfire on The Boys Are Back -- the group fumble through John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" where Richard Sterban's saucy delivery sounds distressingly like a randy Mr. Ed -- and tellingly, whenever the group stumble it's when they try too hard to get loose and funky, because that's not really who the Oak Ridge Boys are. They're a friendly, charmingly cornball country group, sounding best not when they're attempting to swagger, but when they're singing ambling novelties or ballads. There's enough of that here to make The Boys Are Back a fitfully entertaining comeback...but it's just enough to make it clear there should have been more of this kind of sweetly silly stuff, not less.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
Label:
Spring Hill
UPC:
0789042114523
catalogNumber:
21145
Rank:
110884

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oak Ridge Boys   Primary Artist
Jessi Colter   Piano
Fred Mandel   Piano,Keyboards
Robby Turner   Guitar,Steel Guitar
Jason Cope   Guitar
Ted Kamp   Bass
Dave Cobb   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Chris Powell   Drums

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Neil Young   Composer
Duane Allen   Arranger,Executive Producer,Author
Joe Bonsall   Arranger,Author
Dallas Frazier   Composer,Author
William Lee Golden   Arranger,Author
Ethan Johns   Composer
Paul Kennerley   Composer,Author
Ray LaMontagne   Composer
Rodney Mills   Mastering
Richard Sterban   Arranger,Author
George Teren   Composer
Greg Gordon   Engineer
Lew Jones   Author
Jack White   Composer
Shooter Jennings   Composer,Author
Jamey Johnson   Composer,Author
Dave Cobb   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Brent Cobb   Composer,Author
Glenn Ashworth   Composer

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