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Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House
The three-part harmonies of Winnipeg’s Wailin’ Jennys should be considered some kind of national treasure. This has the feel of one of those charming NPR radio shows broadcast live from the fictional shores of Lake Wobegon. You expect Garrison Keillor to come out between the tracks to introduce the next song. Or maybe the CBC’s Stuart McLean introducing the musical guest just before reciting another chapter of his Vinyl Cafe. It was recorded a year ago in a quaint little theatre in a picturesque Pennsylvania town with the unlikely name of Jim Thorpe. It’s mom’s apple pie with a healthy dose of maple syrup and a pair of Birkenstock sandals thrown in for good measure. For all those reasons you’re either going to love this album or hate it. Choose to love it. The three-part harmonies of Winnipeg’s Wailin’ Jennys should be considered some kind of national treasure. They’re captured magnificently here in a live setting. It’s a sound that’ll make you hungry for pie. Comfort food. 4 stars