When I got this album, A Date with the Everly Brothers, by The Chapin Sisters in the mail, I was excited to hear it; I opened it and popped it in the CD player so I could hear a snippet while I drove. I scanned through some songs I wanted to hear, like “Cathy’s Clown,” “Love Hurts,” and “Crying in the Rain.” So far so good, so when I had more time I made it a point to listen to it in its entirety.
I was really liking what I heard, though “Love Hurts” is painfully slow. So then, having more time later, I even dug out The Everyly Brothers from my vinyl collection to listen to side-by-side with this new album. Yeah… don’t do that. This is an excellent album and they obviously have a connection with the band, but it just isn’t the same. They didn’t try to change the songs to suit them, and maybe they should have. I think I would have liked to see more of their take on the songs rather than a few subtle tweaks. There is a sort of magic in the voices of The Everly Brothers and when you hear them next to someone else singing their songs, it is just lost.
That sounds bad, I know, but I really did like The Chapin Sisters’ tribute. Being women doesn’t make it any better or worse, just different. I think their fans will really enjoy what they have done here. They included some of the greats, but don’t get confused with their title, A Date with the Everly Brothers, because it is not the same album released in 1960 by its namesake, A Date with the Everly Brothers. There is an overlap with the songs “Cathy’s Clown,” “Love Hurts,” “Sigh, Cry, Almost Die,” and “Always it’s You,” but the rest are different. I do think it is clever, the ways in which they mimicked The Everly Brothers, though. And it is always nice to see a new generation of artists appreciating the past. Even if it only took them one long day in the studio to record this album, you do feel that these ladies cared about what they were doing. Plus, it is just fun.