Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread

Soft-rock legends Bread ruled the airwaves in the seventies with their melodic and catchy music. Hit-makers throughout the early 70's, Bread was known for top hits 'Make It With You" and "It Don't Matter To Me". With elevated tension between founders David Gates (keyboards/vocals) and James Griffin (guitarist/vocalist) the group disbanded in 1973 leading to lawsuits and breakups.

"Friends and Lovers" features artists in the same line of blood curdling soft-rock as Bread, except for a few exceptions, most notably Cake, who can always be counted on for originality. Josh Rouse opens the disc with a mellow version (surprise!) of "It Don't Matter To Me", followed by performances by Ken Stringfellow and Oranger.

Those seeking metal or rap covers will be sadly disappointed as this tribute album maintains a mellow mood all the way through. Dave Derby's cover of "I Use The Soap" is soft-rock perfection combining great acoustic strumming, dreamy vocals, and some nice la la la la la's along the way. A nice soft tribute, to a nice soft-rock band.

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