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Black Sheep

Black Sheep

October 11, 2011
4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Release Date: October 11, 2011
  • Label: Saddleup Records
  • Copyright: 2011 Saddleup Records
  • Total Length: 43:40
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  • ASIN: B005MWMWDE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,975 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Nat & Alex Wolff are no longer the Naked Brothers Band. And this album shows the difference. The title, Black Sheep, is a reference to how all teens feel at times in their life, and the songs stick to the theme. From the insecurity in "Disappointed" to the unbreakable love in "Greatest Prize" to the Teen Vs. Parent in "18." This album has it all.
Even though the Amazon and iTunes, etc websites say "Pop," this album is definitely more of "Alternative" to "Indie Rock." Each song is skillfully written with amazing lyrics, catchy melodies, and gripping titles. This is one you are sure to listen to for weeks on end. I highly recommend to anyone who might come across it!
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Nat and Alex Wolff are in an interesting, and perhaps, unenviable position. As former Nickelodeon kid stars, their core audience are teen and pre-teen girls (check out some recent live audience videos on You Tube to verify), many of whom may be expecting a redux of the bouncy pop-rock of the Naked Brothers Band. On the other hand, the more discriminating music fans who paid no attention to NBB (unless they had kids who watched the show) may still not take them too seriously in their latest incarnation because of that Nickelodeon connection. Either assumption would be a serious mistake. Now both in their teens and firmly entrenched in a melodic, alternative rock sound which draws on influences as diverse as Big Star, The Strokes, Weezer, Elliott Smith and (of course) The Beatles, the Wolff brothers have managed to create an album that is both mature and wise beyond their years, yet brimming with the hopes, humor, dreams, fears and angst that anyone who is, or has been, a teenager can relate to.
Alex's "Thump, Thump, Thump" could only have been written by a teen, yet, how many 14 year olds have the lyrical smarts to start a song about puppy love with the line "You're obviously the star of the class"? The tough little rocker "Disappointed" finds Alex lamenting his teen awkwardness ("my hair is curly but I like it straight") with both humor and intelligence. When Alex sings "I don't like my big face, 'cause nothing in this Earth needs that much space" it's funny and a perhaps a bit painful when you think about it for a minute. Beginning with acoustic guitar and harmonium, "Losing You To The Crowd", another gem with an outstanding vocal performance by Alex, turns into a impassioned epic reminiscent of "The Bends" /"OK Computer" era Radiohead.
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Nat & Alex Wolff are in a whole new level way above their previous experience at the NBB show. Nat, as a composer, is slowly but decidedly overcoming his over-affection for The Beatles and hopefully he no longer wants to be the NY's Paul McCartney. Not there's something wrong with trying to emulate one of the XX century's popular music "sacred monsters", it's just he's better than that. I mean it: Give him a few years and he'll be bigger, better and more prolific than the old Paul. For the time being only one of the Nat's songs in the album - "Monday Afternoons" has that unmistakable "Liverpool" feeling, in all the others he seems to be moving on past old Paul (and John and George and Ringo) and finding his own distinctive style. Alex as well is revealing himself as one of the greatest contemporary [popular music] composers. Although Nat's "Illuminated" is the best song in the album, Alex's "Losing You To The Crowd", "Disappointed", "Lullaby" and "Thump Thump Thump" come as close seconds and I can't decide between the first and the second, between a rock masterpiece and one of the most honest and transparent self-exposures I've ever seen from an artist, ever! Understandably he feels a little bit ashamed now when he sings it live. It's like going to school naked (it shouldn't be a problem for a "naked brother"though).

Overall they give us in this album a collection of pop-rock gems with lyrics and music way beyond their years (with just a couple of exceptions I can think of). Keeping in mind the only musicians involved in the recording sessions were the brothers themselves playing all the instruments - with additional loops and programming by the producer Matt Wallace in "Colorful Raindrops" - makes this work even more impressive.
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By Lauren on October 21, 2011
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Black Sheep is awesome. Nat and Alex have really matured in their song writing. I think it's nice that they wrote and made the music for their songs. There aren't many artists that still do that.
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at first this cd sounded good but the more I listened to it I realized it was original, clever and overall great. and they're still really young, i can't wait to hear what's instore for their future. even better music I hope!
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By natalie24 on December 10, 2011
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great music! i love their lyrics! favorite song is colorful rain drops. i cant wait for more music from them!
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