CD Reviews 

Firecracker – The Wailin’ Jennys 

It took me a long time to warm to this album. It wasn’t that there was anything wrong; on the contrary, these three Canadian women are all wonderful singers It took me a long time to warm to this album. It wasn’t that there was anything wrong; on the contrary, these three Canadian women are all wonderful singers – each is an accomplished if hardly original writer, and they all play a variety of instruments. But sometimes albums just elude you before suddenly falling into place. I think it was Nicky Mehta’s heart-shaped “Begin” that began to melt my affections, closely followed by Annabelle Chvostek’s “Swallow” and Ruth Moody’s “Glory Bound.” All 13 tracks have plus or minus traces of folk and country influences, but it is the sound of the three women harmonising throughout that is Firecracker‘s outstanding and abiding quality. 4 stars.