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Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
Cara Luft, Nicky Mehta, and Ruth Moody were each enjoying substantive individual careers on the Canadian folk music scene when they joined forces for an impromptu show at a friend’s guitar shop. One show led to another and a band was born. Now the estimable Red House label brings the Jennys Stateside with their first full-length release, 40 Days. Consisting of two traditional Celtic tunes, two covers (Neil Young’s “Old Man” and John Hiatt’s “Take It Down”), and a democratic showcase of their own compositions, the album practically bursts at the seams with an infectious, collaborative energy. Unpredictable vocal arrangements feature short solo turns that subtly blossom ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lissa Kiernan
Cara Luft, Nicky Mehta, and Ruth Moody were each enjoying substantive individual careers on the Canadian folk music scene when they joined forces for an impromptu show at a friend’s guitar shop. One show led to another and a band was born. Now the estimable Red House label brings the Jennys Stateside with their first full-length release, 40 Days. Consisting of two traditional Celtic tunes, two covers (Neil Young’s “Old Man” and John Hiatt’s “Take It Down”), and a democratic showcase of their own compositions, the album practically bursts at the seams with an infectious, collaborative energy. Unpredictable vocal arrangements feature short solo turns that subtly blossom into choir-robe-perfect harmony, each lady staking claim to a unique vocal range and handing off ownership of the melody. The writing is appealingly diverse in style, yet unified by a soulful, lyrical quality, vigorous rhythm guitars, and those exquisite harmonies. Impeccably produced by David Travers-Smith, this is one of the most exciting new folk bands and albums of 2004.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Canadian folkies the Wailin' Jennys aren't opposed to throwing down the occasional sea shanty or English drinking song. Multi-talented singer/songwriters Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta, and Cara Luft -- the latter left the group soon after the album's release and was replaced by Annabelle Chvostek -- formed the group in 2002 after sharing the stage as soloists at an in-store in a local record shop, and their intoxicating blend of country, Celtic, and folk has cast a spell on not only the Great White North, but much of the U.S. as well. Like Gillian Welch or Alison Krauss, they can make new songs feel traditional "Arlington" and old songs sound brand new "The Parting Glass". Their perfectly rendered harmonies swoop into choruses like a murder of crows, supplying involuntary goose bumps to even the most hardened skeptic. 40 Days is full of sparse arrangements and top-notch songwriting from all three members. Other highlights include a rousing version of the seafaring tale "Saucy Sailor" -- made famous by British folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span -- Moody's beautiful title track, and Luft's rollicking an obvious show opener "Come All You Sailors." Fans of the Dixie Chicks, June Tabor, and even Heart will find much to love here. A most infectious first record, and highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/2004
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651017721
  • Catalog Number: 177
  • Sales rank: 553

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 One Voice (3:23)
  2. 2 Saucy Sailor (3:11)
  3. 3 Arlington (4:54)
  4. 4 Beautiful Dawn (3:21)
  5. 5 [Untitled] (4:27)
  6. 6 This Is Where (5:08)
  7. 7 Old Man (3:11)
  8. 8 Heaven When We're Home (4:24)
  9. 9 Ten Mile Stilts (4:51)
  10. 10 Come All You Sailors (4:03)
  11. 11 Take It Down (3:53)
  12. 12 Something to Hold Onto (3:42)
  13. 13 The Parting Glass (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Wailin' Jennys Primary Artist
Mark Mariash Percussion, Drums
Kevin Breit Dobro, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Mandocello
Andrew Downing Acoustic Bass
Richard Moody Fiddle, Viola
Technical Credits
Jane Siberry Composer
John Hiatt Composer
Neil Young Composer
Grant Johnson Engineer
Traditional Composer
Richard Moody Engineer
Lloyd Peterson Engineer
Rudy Moody Composer
Cara Luft Composer
Nicky Mehta Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Sweet Voices of the Northern Plains

    This is a gorgeous album with some very sweet tracks. I had the pleasure of seeing (and hearing) the Jennys recently and their immense talent shines through on the this recording as it did in the concert. Their talent for songwriting and putting their own spin on covers, equals their amazing ability to perform. The harmonies are intoxicating.

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