It’s a good thing Kay got to the HBO Bee Gees doc How Can You Mend a Broken Heart before I did. A good thing for you, I mean, because she admits she didn’t even like them much beforehand. Well, I have always loved them so if I had written about that doc a few weeks ago, you’d still be reading it because, well, I can go on. (Editors’ note: This checks out.)
So settle in, because now there’s some Bee Gees music to talk about—but I’ll keep it short because it’s the record that’s fun to listen to, not me talking about it.
“Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook (Vol. 1)” consists of a handful of Bee Gees tunes reworked into vaguely country-ish arrangements. I say that gingerly, because they’re just about the least country they could possibly be. Barry Gibb sings them with a variety of partners: everyone from Dolly to Keith to Brandi and Olivia. No last names necessary! Songs you know every word to (and you will know every word to every one of them and you will be surprised by that) sound just as sweet the millionth time round, especially turned about ninety degrees and with a little slide guitar added for absolutely no reason other than why the hell not.
It’s tough to choose a favorite because each track conjures up both old-varnished nostalgia and new-car smell, but I will say: When I’m alone in the MDK warehouse beavering away filling orders, nothing sounds better than Alison Krauss tackling her half of “Too Much Heaven.” Unless it’s ME tackling the other half.