Bright Morning Stars

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2011
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651023425
  • Catalog Number: 234
  • Sales rank: 4,350

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Swing Low Sail High (4:02)
  2. 2 All the Stars (4:11)
  3. 3 Bird Song (3:33)
  4. 4 Away But Never Gone (3:06)
  5. 5 Storm Comin' (4:46)
  6. 6 Mona Louise (3:54)
  7. 7 Bright Morning Stars (3:22)
  8. 8 Across the Sea (3:04)
  9. 9 Asleep At Last (2:57)
  10. 10 What Has Been Done (4:12)
  11. 11 Cherry Blossom Love (4:32)
  12. 12 You Are Here (4:03)
  13. 13 Last Goodbye (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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, Mastering
Traditional Composer
The 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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  • Posted September 27, 2011

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    An Absolute Triumph

    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.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    Amazing!

    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.

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