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Album review: The Cactus Blossoms, ‘You’re Dreaming’

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"We weren't born in the wrong era," say Minnesotan brothers Jack Torrey and Page Burkum, a.k.a. the Cactus Blossoms. "We just got into some music from a different era and found a way to make it our own," they add. "You're Dreaming," entirely made up of original material save for one cover of a song by obscure Sun artists Alton & Jimmy, is a splendid confirmation of that claim. Torrey and Burkum sound like they've been inhabited by the musical spirit of the Everlys, with visitations from the Louvins and hints of Roy Orbison thrown in for good measure. With a couple of exceptions (uptempo fare such as the railroad-beat country of "Change Your Ways or Die," the delicious languor of "Traveler's Paradise"), the Cactus Blossoms maintain a mood that's slow, lonesome, and blue, from the title track to the reverb-blanketed "If I Can't Win." And at the heart of the mood is something that only comes naturally: the plaintive croon of hand-in-glove brotherly harmonies.

STUART MUNRO

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Stuart Munro can be reached at sj.munro@verizon.net.