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What a great debut!,
This review is from: Dead & Born & Grown [Digipack] (Audio CD)
The Staves have appeared on `Later... With Jools Holland', are supporting Bon Iver at Wembley, Manchester and Glasgow all before heading off on their own UK headline tour. This hectic schedule shows the high demand for The Staves and this is before their debut album has even been released! 2012 has seen the rise of female folk groups, as Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit who have found their way into the spotlight as well as The Staves. Their similarities are obvious as their pure voices and ethereal harmonies are very alike. This being said, The Staves create pretty folk tunes rather than First Aid Kit's style of powerful folk ballads.
Title track `Dead & Born & Grown' sets the tone for the album with stunning vocals and a simple acoustic guitar line. Eventually the harmonies stagger in and what beautiful harmonies they are. As well as complex harmonies and intricate acoustic accompaniments, The Staves also have a knack for writing memorable tracks. `Facing West' is a charming little ukulele number which features pure vocals and a charming whistling tune which gives the track character. `The Motherlode', `Winter Trees' and `Wisely & Slow' all stand out from Dead & Born & Grown as their hooks are particularly strong and their harmonies very impressive. On the other hand, `Pay Us No Mind', `Snow' and `Gone Tomorrow' feel weak compared to the energy of the rest of the album.
`In The Long Run' has a sweet acoustic guitar that accompanies Emily, Jessica and Camilla Stavey-Taylor's even sweeter vocals. The innovative vocal melody in the chorus really sets this track above the rest, making it a favourite along with `Mexico'. `Mexico' originally came from Mexico EP (2011) and is The Staves' most commercially friendly track, one that's sure to stay in your head for a very long time.