Unfortunately for the Williams brothers, they are more likely to be known, if remembered at all, as the nephews of famous singer Andy Williams. They might even be remembered for their guest appearance on an episode of The Partridge Family or their subsequent minor success as teen idols.
Thatís a shame, because this album clearly separated the twins from the crooning style of their uncle as well as the teen idol pop they tried to create in the Ď70s. Their self-titled sophomore album is marked by ďacoustic guitar, light rock-based tunes featuring smooth harmonies, uncluttered instrumentation, and thought-provoking lyricismĒ (Carpenter).
The duo mined a similar territory as the likes of fellow underrated acts like Crowded House, but unlike that band, couldnít even eke out a top 40 pop hit in their recording career despite having every bit as much pop sensibility. The closest the brothers came was the achingly beautiful Can't Cry Hard Enough, which stalled at #42.
Itís hard to understand why songs like the bouncy Itís a Wonderful Life or the lovely Miss This World couldnít find an audience with an adult audience seeking out songs with pop hooks and well-crafted hooks that werenít being played to the point of exhaustion for the teen market. Chalk it up to marketing and being at the right place at the right time.