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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Swing Low Sail High
1
4:02
 
All the Stars
2
4:11
 
Bird Song
3
3:33
 
Away But Never Gone
4
3:06
 
Storm Comin'
5
4:46
 
Mona Louise
6
3:54
 
Bright Morning Stars
7
3:22
 
Across the Sea
8
3:04
 
Asleep At Last
9
2:57
 
What Has Been Done
10
4:12
 
Cherry Blossom Love
11
4:32
 
You Are Here
12
4:03
 
Last Goodbye
13
3:27
 

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