The Boys Are Back

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The Boys Are Back

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Never the hippest of country groups, the Oak Ridge Boys do their damnedest to give themselves some kind of an edge on their 2009 comeback The Boys Are Back. Technically, the Boys never went away, they just started singing gospel, disappearing from the major-label secular country scene sometime after 1992. They make up for the long wait between records by overcompensating greatly, hiring Shooter Jennings to write the repetitive chant of the title track, singing Neil Young's "Beautiful Bluebird," and, most bizarrely, covering the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," transposing the ominous thudding riff to voice and piano. This stab at coolness -- an attempt to replicate Johnny Cash singing Nine Inch Nails -- misses the mark by a mile because the Boys show little understanding of what makes the song, and more distressingly, what makes the group tick, either. This isn't the only grand misfire on The Boys Are Back -- the group fumble through John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" where Richard Sterban's saucy delivery sounds distressingly like a randy Mr. Ed -- and tellingly, whenever the group stumble it's when they try too hard to get loose and funky, because that's not really who the Oak Ridge Boys are. They're a friendly, charmingly cornball country group, sounding best not when they're attempting to swagger, but when they're singing ambling novelties or ballads. There's enough of that here to make The Boys Are Back a fitfully entertaining comeback...but it's just enough to make it clear there should have been more of this kind of sweetly silly stuff, not less. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Never the hippest of country groups, the Oak Ridge Boys do their damnedest to give themselves some kind of an edge on their 2009 comeback The Boys Are Back. Technically, the Boys never went away, they just started singing gospel, disappearing from the major-label secular country scene sometime after 1992. They make up for the long wait between records by overcompensating greatly, hiring Shooter Jennings to write the repetitive chant of the title track, singing Neil Young's "Beautiful Bluebird," and, most bizarrely, covering the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army," transposing the ominous thudding riff to voice and piano. This stab at coolness -- an attempt to replicate Johnny Cash singing Nine Inch Nails -- misses the mark by a mile because the Boys show little understanding of what makes the song, and more distressingly, what makes the group tick, either. This isn't the only grand misfire on The Boys Are Back -- the group fumble through John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" where Richard Sterban's saucy delivery sounds distressingly like a randy Mr. Ed -- and tellingly, whenever the group stumble it's when they try too hard to get loose and funky, because that's not really who the Oak Ridge Boys are. They're a friendly, charmingly cornball country group, sounding best not when they're attempting to swagger, but when they're singing ambling novelties or ballads. There's enough of that here to make The Boys Are Back a fitfully entertaining comeback...but it's just enough to make it clear there should have been more of this kind of sweetly silly stuff, not less. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Artist: Oak Ridge Boys
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.39 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0078904211452
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1. The Boys Are Back
2. Hold Me Closely
3. Hold You In My Arms
4. Seven Nation Army
5. Mama's Table
6. Boom Boom
7. Blow My House Down
8. Beautiful Bluebird
9. Troublin' Mind
10. Live With Jesus
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Customer Reviews | 4 reviews | 4.3 out of 5

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Awesome new music
7/1/2009

Customer review by JohnnyLightning

4.0 stars 7/1/2009 by JohnnyLightning
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Great vocals from a great group!! Can't wait to see them live and hear these songs live.

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JohnnyLightning
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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Every day
Great CD
10/28/2011

Customer review by Snowrose

5.0 stars 10/28/2011 by Snowrose
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This CD has a lot of relgious type song that are awesome such as Mama's table, beautful blue bird and more, plus "The Boys Are Back" great come back song!

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
wouldn't rush out and by again
5/28/2009

Customer review by grandkids823

3.0 stars 5/28/2009 by grandkids823
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Kinda disappointed in CD, music to slow didn't sound much like the Oakridge Boys at all.

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Dallas, Oregon
Would recommend to a friend? No
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Female
Usage:Every few days

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