What would the BoDeans sound like with only one singer? Well, take a listen to the more gravely-voiced Sam Llanas’ latest solo album and you’ll find out. There is nothing ground-breaking, but it does have its moments. The title track is a haunting and personal song that cuts right to your soul with the sparse, but intense sound.
He also makes Cyndi Lauper’s “All Through the Night” sound more rustic, almost as if it is being played in a smoky back alley bar in Mexico. Utterly gorgeous.
That’s the album in a nutshell. Llanas’ sparse solo sound (mainly his voice, guitar and various percussion) makes 4 A.M. more intimate (and better) than anything that the BoDeans have done. That’s saying something considering the duo has been around for almost 30 years.