Bright Morning Stars

Bright Morning Stars

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by The Wailin' Jennys
     
 
Since their 2001 inception in a Winnipeg guitar shop, the Wailin' Jennys have been quietly and consistently crafting some of North America's best modern roots music. Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse, the latter of whom took over for

Overview

Since their 2001 inception in a Winnipeg guitar shop, the Wailin' Jennys have been quietly and consistently crafting some of North America's best modern roots music. Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Heather Masse, the latter of whom took over for Annabelle Chvostek in 2007, sing like siblings and play like seasoned veterans, resulting in a seamless, understated sound that feels both perennial and distinctly Canadian. Lonesome and surprisingly comforting, the group's fourth studio album, Bright Morning Stars, offers up 13 meditations on love, life, and loss that fit right in with the trio's penchant for melding traditional folk songs and sea shanteys with contemporary themes. It's a quiet but powerful collection of snowbound balladry that may be too subtle and unassuming for 21st century attention spans, which is a large part of its charm. Comparisons to Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch are apt, but the Jennys' ability to harmonize like the family acts of old sets them apart from many of their contemporaries. Part Watersons and part Fleetwood Mac, songs like the pop-driven "Swing Low Sail High," the jazzy "Mona Louise," the timeless sounding "Bird Song," and the sparse, largely a cappella title cut, feel grounded and effortless, despite their competing genres.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2011
Label:
Red House
UPC:
0033651023425
catalogNumber:
234
Rank:
13941

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wailin' Jennys   Primary Artist
Bill Dillon   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Joe Phillips   Acoustic Bass,Upright Bass
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Colin Cripps   Dobro,Electric Guitar
David Travers-Smith   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Keyboards
Rob Gusevs   Organ
Jean Martin   Drums
Justin Haynes   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Ukulele
Richard Moody   Viola
Paul Mathew   Electric Bass,Cello,Acoustic Bass
Nicky Mehta   Acoustic Guitar,Ukulele,Vocals
Ruth Moody   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Accordion,Vocals
Christian Dugas   Percussion,Drums
Heather Masse   Vocals
Jeremy Penner   Fiddle
Tone Valcic   Drums

Technical Credits

Mark Howard   Producer,Engineer
Grant Johnson   Engineer
David Travers-Smith   Producer,Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Wailin' Jennys   Arranger
Nicky Mehta   Composer
Ruth Moody   Composer
Norman Dugas   Engineer
Ron Sawchuk   Cover Art
Heather Masse   Composer
Jeremy Penner   Engineer
Herschel Freeman   Booking
Julien Paquin   Booking

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Bright Morning Stars 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ShawnSorensen43 More than 1 year ago
One of the deepest, most thoughtful, most beautiful CDs I've heard in a long time. The Jennys don't wail much - they slow most of this down to let the lyrics, acoustic guitar work and rich singing tones shine through. Everything resonates - my favorite is the song "Mona Louise" and its lines about so much more than the moon - "I don't wanna sleep / while you're shining so bright..." A treasure.
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
After a coworker's recommend and after hearing a couple of their songs on Pandora, I decided to check out this CD at the library that I work at & give it a listen. My girlfriend and I sat back and gave this a listen and thought it was really good. I gave it another in depth listen later and was mesmerized by it. These ladies' voices blend together beautifully. This is by far among some of the best folk/bluegrass albums I think I have heard. If you are into bluegrass & folk and love great harmony, I absolutely recommend that you check out The Wailin Jennys.