I say this with all the respect in the world but upon listening to Baby Steps, the debut album by New York duo The Como Brothers, you feel as though you walk into a Starbucks, order a warm beverage, grab the best seat in the house, and people watch. The music in Baby Steps gives off that kind of good warm feeling but it’s far from corny. There’s an awful lot of deep reflective songwriting and excellent musical arrangement. It’s an album with lots of Americana influence, not quite pop-friendly but definitely cool enough for indie/college radio.
It’s 12 tracks of undeniably good music that doesn’t sound current. That’s the great thing about the Como Brothers debut. Baby Steps isn’t groundbreaking but it sounds fresh, like something you haven’t heard in a long time but updated for 2013. There’s a sense the Como Brothers were heavily inspired by the likes of Pavement, Weezer but they manage to have their own identity. Things get off to a funky start with the groovy “Gotta Be True” followed by the acoustic “Numbed” with its mellow alternative spirit. “Hang My Head” is the album’s most introspective, heartfelt track which won’t make you feel sappy by song’s end. After a few filler tracks “Bad Karma” rounds out the album. It’s almost a warning as the Como’s sing about relationships gone bad with a girl who was bad right from the start with its chorus “bad karma is gonna get you in the dark of night, she tells unfortunate lies.”
It’s a stellar debut from The Como Brothers, a duo that this native New Yorker can most heartedly say do their home state proud.
Author: Rob Perez
Rob Perez is a freelance writer who has been with The Music Universe early on. As a Correspondent for The Music Universe, you will find him writing reviews and live tweeting awards shows.