Breakdown after breakdown, this is a predictable record — safe for those who find comfort in the genre and are looking for more of the same. Nothing different happens until the pace slows down at the fifth track, a ballad entitled “Nicholas.” The most upbeat and stimulating track is “Perfection,” which has more involved guitar work and atypical solos. Little Brazil would most likely benefit from multiple vocalists to give the music more texture. Whatever interesting elements they can add to diversify their music would be suggested.
What is incongruous about the record is that a lot of the songs deal with themes of family and children — adult themes that it seems their fanbase might not be able to relate to. Despite the fact that this record wouldn’t appeal to most of their Generation X and Y peers, the lyrics are earnest and delivered from the heart. Little Brazil keeps good company, comes from good roots, and tours with great bands. My hope is that they step it up for the future and turn the solid rock base that they have built into something more complex and stimulating.