BoDeans continue to evolve their sincere lyricism, heartfelt melodies, rich guitar sound
Twenty-four years after their 1986 debut album, “Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams,” led them to win a Rolling Stone reader’s poll as “The Best New American Band,” The BoDeans are still rocking and harmonizing, but getting better.
Their 2010 album, “Mr. Sad Clown,” with its stripped down, dramatic instrumentation, heartfelt harmonies, memorable melodies and honest lyrics on 15 new, original songs like “If...,” “Say Goodbye” and “Today,” further establishes The BoDeans as one of America’s premier roots-rock bands. Longtime fans will appreciate how it cuts to the core of the artistic magic between co-founding, singers-guitarists Kurt Neumann and Sam Llanas, who formed a musical collaboration in high school during the late 1970s in Milwaukee.
“It’s some of our best writing and playing,” said Neumann. “I don’t think making records is our forte compared to our live shows. But to me, this record is the best we’ve done with that. We’ve learned a lot over the years, and I’m proud of it.”