Saturday, May 7, 2011

Brother Joscephus And The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra - Live At The Brooklyn Bowl

Brother Joscephus And The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra - Live At The Brooklyn Bowl
2011, Brother Joscephus

Brother Joscephus And The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra return in 2011 with Live At The Brooklyn Bowl, an audio document of the live show that continues to make waves in New York City and environs.  We had the distinct pleasure to review Brothers Josephus' self-titled album last year, commenting on the tremendous energy and showmanship on display on the album and in their live shows.  Live At The Brooklyn Bowl revisits the live sound in a high-energy effort with great sound, but there is something missing this time around.

It's not a matter of performance.  Brother Josephus and his orchestra are all-in on stage, as always, from the opening notes of the call-and-response number "Brooklyn Bowl Parade" to the final notes of the show-stopping finale "Mighty, Mighty Chain Of Love (Pass It On)".  But aside from some minor difference in set list, Live At The Brooklyn Bowl feels like a rehash of the self-titled album.  The album is very entertaining, from the emotional "A Child Shall Lead" to the lively "When The Saints Go Marching In" and even the psychedelic jam of "Born On The Bayou"; but the energy and pizzazz on the first album is just a little bit more.  Live At The Brooklyn Bowl will certainly appeal to fans of Brother Joscephus, but if you already own their debut, there's not enough new here to justify a casual fan dropping the cash this time around.

Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

Learn more about Brother Joscephus And The Love Revival Revolution Orchestra at www.brotherjoscephus.com or www.myspace.com/brotherjoscephus.  Live At The Brooklyn Bowl is available from Amazon.com on CD and as a Download. The album is also available via iTunes.