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Two of Everything [Digipak] *

Album: Two of Everything [Digipak] *
# Song Title   Time
1)    Left Side Rock
2)    Go On Easy
3)    You Can't Hide It
4)    Traveling
5)    Two of Everything
6)    Strange Attracter
7)    Back Sliding Soul
8)    Lost in Dreams
9)    Two of Everything (Reprise)
10)    Bonelle
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Brian Olive (vocals, guitar, woodwinds, piano); Mike Weinel (guitar, percussion); Dave Shettler (synthesizer, drums); Jared McKinney, Daniel Allaire (drums); Leisa Han, Kari Kragness, Courtney Jaye (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Dan Auerbach.
  • Recording information: Easy Eye Sound; The Diamonds.
  • Photographers: Dan Dobbins; Jimmy Kinker; Ray Henry.
  • On his second solo album, former Greenhornes and Soledad Brothers guitarist Brian Olive once again offers an eclectic variety of R&B-based sounds, but his approach has changed just a bit. For Two of Everything, Olive enlisted the production expertise of Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys, and while the album still has a solid, bluesy foundation, the songs here sound cooler and slinkier, with echoes of vintage funk and groove jazz cropping up in the mix, and a good bit more refinement audible in the melodies and performances compared to his self-titled debut. Two of Everything doesn't sound like Olive has turned his back on his blues-based earlier work, but he is veering in a different direction; the results sometimes suggest a Midwestern take on Northern soul as Olive and Auerbach throw just a little pop polish on Olive's vocals and let the pianos and saxophones give the music a subtle but distinct retro feel, even as the steady pulse of several tunes nods politely to hip-hop. But even as Two of Everything travels down a smoother road than its precursor, it still sounds organic, committed, and heartfelt, and Olive sure knows how to write a memorable tune; "Strange Attracter" faces a chunky, T. Rex-style guitar figure against an insistent piano-and-drum pattern that fills up the dancefloor; "Black Sliding Soul" suggests an unlikely but effective collaboration between NRBQ and Mark Ronson; "Left Side Rock" bounces hard Southern funk rhythms off aggressive horn samples, and "Lost in Dreams" is a beautifully languid bit of stoned soul love pleading. With Two of Everything, Brian Olive is two for two in making smart, distinctive albums that push his blues and R&B influences in unexpected, compelling directions, matching and building on the strength of his debut. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.96) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The album's peaks land as its tempo dips on the irresistible flute-driven 'Go On Easy' and swirling saxscape of 'Travelling'..."

Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "'Traveling' and the chooglin' 'Strange Attractor' have a pure pop heart the blends beautifully with Auerbach's retro-rock aesthetic."
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