Brother's Keeper

Brother's Keeper

by Neville BrothersNeville Brothers


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Why doesn't more R&B sound like this? Although hampered by a poor mix, Brother's Keeper is nevertheless a classic example of what makes the Neville Brothers so good -- and so frustrating. Tracks like the booty-shaking funk of "Brother Jake" or the gospel-tinged "Steer Me Right" are full of soulful vocals and wonderful harmonies. Aaron Neville's timeless voice is displayed beautifully on "Fearless," where he is joined by Linda Ronstadt for one of the strongest tracks on the record. The Neville Brothers' ecumenical spirituality permeates every second of Brother's Keeper, making for a few awkward moments (like the head-scratching opener "Brother Blood," for example), but a few moments of true sublimity (as when Art Neville spits "Pro choice-no choice/We're sending our sons and daughters to their slaughter" on "Sons and Daughters"). The pop material on Brother's Keeper, such as Link Wray's "Fallin' Rain," works well, but other tracks, like "River of Life," seem forced. If the Neville Brothers showed a little discretion with regard to their lyrics and cut a couple tracks, they would have had a much stronger album, which in a way is as good a statement as one could make about their entire career.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/1990
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021531222
catalogNumber: 5312
Rank: 9888

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neville Brothers   Primary Artist
Buffy Sainte-Marie   Background Vocals
Aaron Neville   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Art Neville   Keyboards,Vocals
Ivan Neville   Vocals
Charles Neville   Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Marva Wright   Background Vocals
Malcolm Burn   Background Vocals
Bill Dillon   Guitar
Reggie Houston   Baritone Saxophone
Darryl Johnson   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Fred Kemp   Baritone Saxophone
Daniel Lanois   Guitar
Roger Lewis   Baritone Saxophone
Cyril Neville   Percussion,Vocals
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar
Renard Poché   Guitar,Trombone
Eugene Ross   Guitar
Emanuel Steib   Trombone
Eric Struthers   Guitar
Brian Stoltz   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Snakebite   Baritone Saxophone
Willie Green   Drums
Herman Bartholomew   Piano,Trumpet,Vocals
Steve Jordan   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Ronald Jones   Drums
Wally Wilson   Keyboards
Tim Green   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Hall   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Aaron Neville   Composer,Producer
Art Neville   Composer,Producer
Charles Neville   Composer,Producer
Mark Howard   Engineer
Malcolm Burn   Producer
David Farrell   Engineer
Cyril Neville   Composer,Producer
Renard Poché   Composer
Don Smith   Engineer
Dave Stewart   Arranger,Producer
Chuck Beeson   Art Direction
Charles Brady   Engineer
F. Ron Miller   Art Direction
Willie Green   Composer
Alison Saar   Artwork
Steve Jordan   Producer
Tony Hall   Composer,Contributor

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