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Released: April 30, 1991


Rating: 4.286 (average of 7 ratings)


Genre: adult alternative pop


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. People Are People [4:19]
  2. Strings [0:11]
  3. Canít Cry Hard Enough (Etzioni/ D. Williams) [3:12]
  4. Happy Man [4:03]
  5. Itís a Wonderful Life [3:42]
  6. Miss This World (Etzioni) [2:53]
  7. Give It All Up for You (A. Williams/ D. Williams/ V. Williams) [3:38]
  8. The Family Room [4:47]
  9. Shimmering (Etzioni/ A.Williams/ D. Williams) [3:58]
  10. The Big Machine (Stewart/ A. Williams) [4:23]
  11. Everybody Gets a Second Chance [4:48]

Songs written by Andrew and David Williams unless noted otherwise.


Total Running Time: 39:54


Sales:

sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI Ė click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


Peak:

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peak on U.K. album chart --


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Canít Cry Hard Enough (10/3/91) #42 US
  • Itís a Wonderful Life (6/25/92) --


Awards:

One of my personal top 100 albums of all time. Click to learn more.


The Williams Brothers
The Williams Brothers
Review:
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.


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Previous Album: Two Stories (1987) Next Album: Harmony Hotel (1993)


Last updated January 18, 2009.