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Classic Album Review: Pernice Brothers | Yours, Mine and Ours

The third LP from Joe Pernice's sextet sticks to his smart, well-crafted game plan.


This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The fireworks pictured on the cover of Yours, Mine and Ours might be a bit of an overstatement.

After all, anyone familiar with the work of singer-guitarist Joe Pernice knows he isn’t the sort of songwriter given to explosive gestures or ostentatious displays. Rather, the former ringleader of Scud Mountain Boys and Chappaquiddick Skyline prefers his guitars jangly and twangy, his melodies rich and bittersweet, his vocals soulful and earnest. This third album from Pernice’s sextet — which, yes, includes his brother Bob on guitar — sticks to that game plan, offering 10 slices of elegantly crafted, smartly written, lightly rocking guitar-pop vaguely reminiscent of a slightly peppier Jayhawks, a contemporary Nick Drake, or, occasionally, a less pretentious R.E.M. Granted, few of these songs will rock your world like a house on fire. But lush little treats like Baby in Two and Blinded By The Stars do emit a soft glow that gently envelops and relaxes you like the light of a candle on a soft summer’s night.


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