Brothers Osborne has been steadily making their way on to country radio. First with the summer sound of “Rum”, and then with their breakout smash, “Stay A Little Longer”. Two hits, from two brothers, both to appear on their debut album, “Pawn Shop”.
After quickly realizing Brothers Osborne have incredible writing ability, killer guitar talent, and a rugged country tone, “Pawn Shop” had become a highly anticipated record among country fans and fellow artists
“Dirt Rich” encourages us, if it’s broke, don’t fix it. We can live with it and still be happy. A perfect tune to grab our attention at the start of this record.
“21 Summer” is sweet. It is the story of a summer love, however, their touch keeps it fresh and different.
“Stay A Little Longer”. After a solid 5:35, we feel the same. With vulnerable lyrics to emerge ourselves into, and measures of guitar solos, we find ourselves struggling to let go. This song could go on forever, and the world would be completely fine with that.
The title track “Pawn Shop” is a straightforward look at your one stop shop for life. The treasures you’ll fine, and the problems it can solve.
“If you got bills that you can’t pay,
If you need cash, like yesterday.
If you got junk just laying around, no credit check, just bring it on down”
If you follow this exactly, “Two parts love and a pinch of good weather, and top it all off with the sun” you have got our favorite laid back summer song, “Rum” Mmm Mmm Mmm.
“Loving Me Back”, a duet with Lee Ann Womack is stripped, with only voices and emotions at the forefront and later a guitar solo takes those feelings to new heights. An incredible combination of voices and country talent, that appears in this piece.
“American Crazy” will become an anthem at live shows.
“We’re lost, we’re Found, we’re up we’re down. We’re all just American Crazy.”
“Green Pastures” is about looking on the bright side of things, as expected, but Brothers Osborne add their own sound and sarcastic attitude to this movin’ on song. “Down Home” switches gears to the good times that come with the mindset that anything goes.
Here is one way to stay out of jail. “It Ain’t My Fault” summarizes a circle of events and one’s tongue twister plea to be set free. It is not his fault there is beer at a bar, and hurt in the heart, so why be charged guilty, right?
“Blame the whiskey on the beer, blame the beer on the whiskey, blame the morning on the night for who’s laying here with me. Blame bar for the band, blame the band for song, blame the song for the party that went all night long, but it ain’t my fault.”
The tension builds in the chorus, and the song now becomes vivid, as if we are watching this unfold in front of your very own eyes.
Brothers Osborne’s Pawn Shop is everything we hoped their debut record would be, and more. Their developed and matured lyrics have the perfect range from serious to witty, and their well-known guitar skills are distributed perfectly throughout.