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Brothers And Sisters: Tethered To Trouble

At one point or another, most people find themselves loving someone they shouldn't, often long after the consequences of their misplaced affections become clear. In "Can't Hold Me Back," Brothers and Sisters' Will Courtney sums it up in only a few words: "All the things I love about you outweigh the things that I do not."

Torn between staying trapped in a bad relationship and fleeing it at top speeds, Courtney comes to no easy conclusions here: "Only time will tell if I'll accept your situation," he sings in the telling chorus. But for all the inertia keeping him tethered to a troubled home life, "Can't Hold Me Back" is at heart a traveling song, well suited to a stretch of coastal or country highway. Unseen forces may keep Courtney from stomping the gas pedal — "Can't burn the clutch / 'cause I've got too many reservations" — but Brothers and Sisters' guitars are beautiful and powerful enough to make listeners want to do it for him.

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Andy Young