Daughter of the Acoustic Revolution by Rick Brockner & Friends largely falls victim to the success of its first track. Powered by the vocals and fiddling of young Cora Beth Bridges, "Nonchalance" immediately grabs the listener's attention, floating effortlessly into one's head. Distinguished by a rollicking rhythm, Cora Beth seduces the listener with her infectiously happy singing and playing. Few songs anywhere match their titles as well. Listeners, however, will search in vain through the remaining 10 cuts for anything nearly as strong.
For one thing, Bridges' singing and especially her fiddling seem repressed thereafter. The sheer delight heard on "Nonchalance" does not repeat. Much of her playing comes to resemble more the drones John Cale played on viola with the Velvet Underground than the exuberance she initially displays. For another, no other selection displays the rhythmic interest of "Nonchalance." Most deleteriously, Brockner decides to alternate his own lead vocals with those of Bridges and Cherie Lassiter. This serves to disrupt the flow of the album as it lunges song by song from one excellent female vocalist to the other to Brockner. The issue proves more than just the women being better lead singers. Although he composed or co-wrote all 11 titles, and a good songwriter he is, Brockner the vocalist seems unable to project the emotion of what he is singing.
Brockner is a veteran of the Triangle scene, performing with the Howling Brothers during the 1990s and recording a wonderful album with Jan Johannson called Fiddling with a Dulcimer. Despite an abundance of talent, thought and work, Daughter of the Acoustic Revolution becomes one of those CDs with one great song.