13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At once rootsy, elegant and a little mystical, the Wailin’ Jennys advance their art further on Bright Morning Stars. Members Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta, and Heather Masse pool their talents as singer/songwriters to create a luminous harmony-centered sound fusing contemporary folk, traditional hymnody and vocal-jazz styles in varying measure. The trio moves easily from hip-swinging rhythmic tracks like “Mona Louise” and “Cherry Blossom Love” to Appalachian-accented folk ballads like “Bird Song” and otherworldly a cappella pieces like the title tune. Lyrically, a spirit of resolve through hard times resonates within these songs, heard in the billowy opening tune “Swing Low Sail High,” the stirring, Indigo Girls-like “You Are Here” and the waltzing closer “Last Goodbye.” The Jennys wail most righteously on “Storm Comin,’” a defiant tune with the earthiness of a Southern spiritual. Mark Howard and David Travers-Smith’s production keeps the trio’s voices front and center, surrounding them with tasty acoustic textures along with electric guitar, brass, and understated percussion.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At once rootsy, elegant and a little mystical, the Wailin’ Jennys advance their art further on Bright Morning Stars. Members Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta, and Heather Masse pool their talents as singer/songwriters to create a luminous harmony-centered sound fusing contemporary folk, traditional hymnody and vocal-jazz styles in varying measure. The trio moves easily from hip-swinging rhythmic tracks like “Mona Louise” and “Cherry Blossom Love” to Appalachian-accented folk ballads like “Bird Song” and otherworldly a cappella pieces like the title tune. Lyrically, a spirit of resolve through hard times resonates within these songs, heard in the billowy opening tune “Swing Low Sail High,” the stirring, Indigo Girls-like “You Are Here” and the waltzing closer “Last Goodbye.” The Jennys wail most righteously on “Storm Comin,’” a defiant tune with the earthiness of a Southern spiritual. Mark Howard and David Travers-Smith’s production keeps the trio’s voices front and center, surrounding them with tasty acoustic textures along with electric guitar, brass, and understated percussion.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
141 Ratings

141 Ratings

BarbaraKay105 ,

Amazing!

Heard the Wailin Jenny's for the first time on Prairie Home Companion today. Loved the song, "Storm Comin," so I had to look them up. Rarely, if ever, have I purchased an album where I loved every song. The quality of their voices and the sweetness of their harmony make this one I will listen to time and again.

Roll Tide Denver ,

Amazing talent and lyrics. Absolutely beautiful music. Seriously. Beautiful.

Wow! Just saw them live in Crested Butte!! Absolutely amazing. Great stories behind their songs, inspiring talent and beautiful voices. Seriously. If you get the chance, go see them live. Go. Now.
And if not, at least buy these CDs!

CassieLovesMfuge! ,

Ahhh!

I love them so much. All I can complain about is that they need to make a new album! ;) lol

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