Picks and Pans Review: Evan and Jaron
It must have seemed like a marketer's dream: Take a pair of talented, pretty-boy rockers from Atlanta, throw in a little song and dance, and, presto, you've concocted the next 'N Sync. Well, maybe.
Fraternal twins Evan and Jaron Lowenstein, 26, don't dance, but they do write their own songs, play instruments and entertain ambitions more lofty than becoming the next boy band du jour. Heavyweight backing from guest drummer Mick Fleetwood and, on six of these tunes, jazz keyboardist John Medeski, anchors Evan &c Jaron's harmony-rich, neofolkie sound. The rootsy acoustic-guitar playing of the brothers, who wrote or cowrote all 12 songs, gives the album a handcrafted feel. And tunes like the catchy "Crazy for This Girl" ("She was the one to hold me/The night the sky fell down)" and the hippietrippy anthem "On the Bus" are delicious.
Bottom Line: Double the pleasure