It's kind of a shame, however, that other than Brown's considerable pipes, little of the band's live talent is captured on Why It's Raining, which suffers from a glut of instrumental passages and, above all, ass-poor production. Pat O'Connor is a talented guitarist, striking dissonant open jazz chords and rattling off blues solos that Brown (when he gets to sing or rap) licks up like honey. The trouble is, they're mostly the same chords and licks and the exact guitar tone you'll hear on just about any Stevie Ray Vaughan album. He even plays on the same style Stratocaster as SRV. Still, he has more chops than a Polish butcher and plays a mean tenor sax, too. The band's weakness is that though it occasionally reaches awesome peaks it spreads jam all over the place. Bassist Mark Gawron seems more interested in playing fancy chords on his five-string than holding down a groove. O'Connor can't sit still, either. As a result, drummer Garth Highland has to lock in and hope that the others wander back to the beat. The Brothers have beaucoup potential and plenty of soul in Sterling Brown. But they need to seriously tighten up before they can hit those psychedelic acid-funk highs they're aiming for.