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Firecracker – The Wailin’ Jennys 

Taking folk music in an entirely different direction are The Wailin’ Jennys, three highly talented young singer-songwriters from Canada. Taking folk music in an entirely different direction are The Wailin’ Jennys, three highly talented young singer-songwriters from Canada. While OCMS can be prickly and raucous, these women are polished and subtle, melodic, and often lush – but just as original. Like the trio Nickel Creek, The Wailin’ Jennys take the instruments and the harmonies of folk and country and transform them into something entirely different. But here there’s a tight backup band and three voices – strong and sweet as Alison Krauss’s – that work melodic magic. Each of the songs is written by one of the Jennys. The one exception – a beautiful a cappella interpretation of the traditional song "Long Time Traveller" – reminds you of where they’re coming from.

Grade: A