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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Proper Records Us
  • ASIN: B000FO6L4A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Midnight Dream
2. What's Wrong With Right
3. Keep It Together
4. Cry Like A Baby
5. It Tears Me Up
6. The Last Time
7. If Daddy Don't Sing Danny Boy
8. Rebound
9. Cowboys to Girls
10. Different Today
11. Life's Little Ups And Downs
12. The Warning
13. Son of Saguaro

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The Hacienda Brothers self-titled, debut record earned them the term of "Western Soul" when it came to describing their music. For someone that has never heard that term, it is a combination of country with oldies influenced R&B and on this follow-up record, "What's Wrong With Right," the Hacienda Brothers knock the ball out of the park. Teaming up with songwriter Dan Penn to produce the album added an influence of 60's style to the otherwise dusty, country style (think Willie Nelson) that the Hacienda Brothers create. The lead vocals are raw at times, while at others they are very soulful and reminded me a lot of Van Morrison especially on tracks like "Keep It Together" and one of the two tributes to Penn, a cover of The Boxtops "Cry Like A Baby." This is obviously a band that draws an influence from the older style of music. Whether it is pure country as heard on title track "What's Wrong With Right" or Elvis Presley styled R&B as heard on "Rebound" there is going to be something here for a fan of both. Pretty solid album that has a lot of roots that shine through on the 13 tracks that make it up. There isn't any sophomore slump with this band, as they have only gotten better.

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On the surface, the combination might seem as strange as barbequed cactus, as the Memphis soul of producer and legendary songwriter Dan Penn meets the wide-open Southwestern strains of Arizona's Hacienda Brothers. Yet the lead brothers--singer/accordionist Chris Gaffney and guitarist/primary songwriter Dave Gonzalez--have plainly found a kindred spirit as well as a guiding light in Penn. The Haciendas' transformation of "Cry Like a Baby" (the Box Tops classic, penned by Penn and Spooner Oldham), spiced with accordion and steel guitar breaks, gives the tune a whole new seasoning, while the rendition of "It Tears Me Up" holds its own against Percy Sledge's original. Yet the music goes even farther afield, from the Philly soul of Gamble and Huff's "Cowboy to Girls" and a Gonzalez original, "The Last Time," that sounds like a signature shuffle by Ray Price, to the Sun-era rockabilly of "Rebound." A majestic cover of Charlie Rich's "Life's Little Ups and Downs" obliterates all distinction between country and soul. If the liner notes lacked songwriting credits, two Hacienda originals--the opening "Midnight Dream" and "Keep It Together"--could pass as Penn's R&B, while the title track--a collaboration between Gonzalez and Penn--is the purest country song here. --Don McLeese

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on June 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Hacienda Brothers - Dave Gonzalez of The Paladins and Chris Gaffney of Dave Alvin's Guilty Men - hook up with Southern soul master Dan Penn for their second album in two years. The duo's varied background in blues, rockabilly, country and tex-mex is here, but the glue holding it together is the Memphis soul of producer and songwriter Penn. In addition to revisiting two of Penn's classics, "Cry Like a Baby" and "It Tears Me Up" (originally waxed by The Box Tops and Percy Sledge, respectively), Gonzalez and Penn co-wrote the soul-with-pedal-steel title track, and Gonzalez & Gaffney were inspired to write several more stone soul classics. But even that wasn't enough, as the trio visits the catalogs of Gamble & Huff ("Cowboys to Girls") and Charlie Rich ("Life's Little Ups and Downs") for more country/soul infusions.

If the songlist itself is impressive, the performance is even more so. Gaffney's raspy vocals fit the soulful tenor of these songs, and with Joe Terry's organ and Gonzalez's fluid guitar playing behind him, the Hacienda's recreate the emotional impact of Dan Penn's Muscle Shoals work without mimicking the original sounds. Where they differ, and where they refrain from simply copying what Penn had laid out before, is with the inclusion of loping western rhythms and twangy guitar picking. The alchemy is how the album indulges Gonzalez's country jones, but as southern soul, rather than as The Paladins rockabilly inflections.

One might look to Joe South as an antecedent, but where South brought then-contemporary pop influences into his southern background, the Hacienda's bring the West.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. R Smyers on July 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is classic honky tonk with a keene modern eye. Produced by the legendary Dan Penn (whose songs the band covers), this is music of rare beauty. Soulful and sincere, the brother's version of Charlie Rich's "Life Has it's Little Ups and Downs" nearly upstages the original. Fans of Hank Sr., Gram Parsons and even Al Green and the Stones need this cd. It's that good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Struck on September 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The songs on this CD are like nothing you hear on the radio today, and that's a real shame. The blend of country and soul is so original and so pleasing, and the Hacienda Brothers and genius producer Dan Penn have put together an excellent CD with brilliant songwriting, arranging and musicianship. Dave Gonzalez's electric, acoustic and baritone guitars give this band that southwestern edge that sets them apart, and Chris Gaffney's heartfelt and soulful vocals and wonderful accordion and guitar playing define the group's unique and refreshing sound. Also noticable on several tunes is the very talented steel guitar playing of David Berzansky, giving the songs that country twang that brings it all together. If you get the chance to catch the Hacienda Brothers live in concert, don't miss them ... they jam wonderfully together while each of their individual talents is showcased ... you will leave one of their shows stomping your feet and singing in your head, reliving the exciting energy and brilliant musicianship they display on stage. This CD deserves to be recognized as one of the most original and satisfying recordings to be released this year. Here's hoping they keep their blazing "western soul" sound alive for years to come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Playful Patricia on September 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this for a guy I just started dating because he listened to one of the songs (Cowboys to Girls) on the Internet and then had me listen to it and we both thought it was a great song. He said he was going to get the CD and so I surpised him by getting it for him, and I bought one for myself as well. It is a super terrific CD. I have listened to it at least 15 times already, and I'm not tired of it yet. The music, lyrics, and vocals are amazing! I am 100% happy with this product.
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