While The Bramble Jam is an act that is centered into the younger set, I feel that the actâ€™s musicianship is so stellar that fans of all ages can appreciate what is put forth on â€œMove Your Bootsâ€. â€œGoing To A Partyâ€ is catchy as all get out, with both sets of vocals bolstered by a vaguely tribal agglomeration of bongos, percussion, and other instruments. â€œPancakesâ€ has a slower, funkier groove present that really showcases The Bramble Jamâ€™s love of acts like They Might Be Giants. While there are good messages present throughout the entirety of â€œMove Your Bootsâ€, the rich instrumentation here may just be the most bright point of â€œMove Your Bootsâ€. Whether it is My Morning Jacket, Janeâ€™s Addiction, or the aforementioned TMBG, The Bramble Jamâ€™s nineties-alternative digs are some of the best in their class.
â€œJack Came Backâ€ shifts things back to the folk revival of the sixties, with hints of Phil Ochs and Pete Seeger strewn throughout. However, instead of merely gussying up their sound in the folk movement, a sizzling jazz horn strings its way through â€œJack Came Backâ€, putting a cherry on the top of that delightful sundae. The Bramble Jam keeps things going through the later registers of â€œMove Your Bootsâ€, as well. â€œCaught In The Moonlightâ€ is another interesting amalgamation, with the act operating at the nexus of Warren Zevon and Cat Stevens.
The female vocals are not quite as present here, but they bolster the male vocals, providing warmth when needed. â€œPiggiesâ€ is another track that showcases The Bramble Jamâ€™s skill when they try their hand at country. â€œMove Your Bootsâ€ is a great album, one that crosses through a number of genres and different musical styles. This, along with some great messages for children, make this a must buy for anyone that is looking to increase their childâ€™s horizons, as well as for anyone that wants to hear some great music, which was produced by Boston legend Asa Brebner.
Top Tracks: Going To A Party, Caught in the Morning Sunbeam
The Bramble Jam â€“ Move Your Boots / 2009 Self / 15 Tracks / http://www.thebramblejam.com