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4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Pleasures,
The slightly out-of-tune acoustic guitar intro to opening track 'Slowly' doesn't
bode well until the voices kick in and all is suddenly and easily forgiven.
Charlie Hayden's daughters Petra, Tanya and Rachel make a beautiful noise.
Their sprightly debut is a little rough around the edges and all the better for it.
Many of the thirteen songs in the collection would not have sounded out of place
on the soundtrack to the Cohen siblings' movie 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'
It's tasty down-home country stuff with an Appalachian lilt and a big warm heart.
The three voices work wonderfully well together. At times I was reminded of The
Roches (three more redoubtable sisters, Maggie, Terre and Suzzy, in their
seventies heyday). It's crisp as chicory and fresh as a daisy and might well have
been recorded on the front porch their Grand Daddy's cabin in the woods.
The close harmony formula is a tad unrelenting but who cares really with music
as tunefully simple and uplifting as this. It's a breath of fresh air in a mad world.
It's all good but standout tracks would have to include the lovely 'Raining' with
it's pizzicato string raindrops and melancholy cello solo; 'Single Girl' which had
Mrs Wolf dosey doe-ing round the cave, fluttering her many petticoats and the
plaintive 'Lonesome Night' with its palpable aura of yearning and regret.
Simple stuff, beautifully done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close harmony singing...it doesn't get much better!!,
The triplet daughters of renowned Jazz bassist Charlie Haden. He's a story in himself! Being triplets and part of a musical heritage going back to a time when Charlie was a very young boy and part of a family C&W group that sang on US radio station KWTO in the '40s, definitely brings something special out in their close harmony singing. In 2008, Charlie recorded with the triplets "Charlie Haden - Family & Friends" exploring those country roots. That album is well worth exploring too. The edge here - for me - is the involvement of Ry Cooder as lead musician and, importantly, as producer. He doesn't need a testament from me, suffice to say that his track record working to bring out the best in artists is second to none. Listen to Mavis Staples' "We'll Never Turn Back" album for a good "compare & contrast" to the Haden Triplets. So, back to them. The vocals are magical. Like the Everly Bros, maybe being siblings brings out that extra edge, that something you can't quite put your finger on. Well, their performances are outstanding or should that be performance, as they seem to sing with one voice. The songs are well chosen and stepping outside of traditional country songs, there's a Nick Lowe song "Raining", no doubt suggested by Ry - his friendship with Nick. The "sound" of the album comes from being recorded in the old house owned by one of the triplets, which has great natural acoustic qualities. The musicianship (Ry + son Joachim on drums + Rene Comacho on bass) is exemplary, in the sense it's always supportive but vibrant to underpin those fabulous vocals. Ricky Scaggs appears on some tracks with his lovely mandolin. This is very special music - let it draw you in. You'll be rewarded....
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars but a couple of minor gripes,
I went to buy this from HMV in Oxford Street on Tuesday but they have never heard of it. Came home and ordered it from Amazon and it arrived Friday morning. And folks wonder why record shops on the high street are closing.
The fact that Ry Cooder is heavily involved was my reason for buying and it does not disappoint - the harmonies are stunning and the instrumental backing first rate, as you would expect from Ry.
The gripes? I felt that the balance was in favour of the instruments and slightly overwhelmed the voices in places. The CD art work is lifted from the vinyl, so it shows the track listing as Side A and Side B, which I think is sloppy. Also, I believe you can hear instruments which are not credited on the sleeve.
Finally, and most importantly, the composers of the songs are not credited and this is a major omission, especially as Ry is involved. As he is renowned for trawling the archives, I would have expected him to insist that credit should be given where credit is due.
Gripes aside, this is a terrific album and highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Americana - wonderful,
Beautiful harmonies and arrangements of Americana style music. Moving lyrics accompany traditional American country / folk music to create a range of beautifully crafted songs. I found this album by accident, and so glad I did, and it is one of my albums of the year. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars,
wonderful harmonies relaxing, chilled and a classic in the making
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