Firecracker

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Though Cara Luft, a founding member of the Wailin' Jennys, was replaced by Annabelle Chvostek, the band's tight harmonies and pretty folk songs haven't changed at all on their second album, Firecracker. In fact, they've even gotten better. Chvostek's voice is seductively low and versatile, and it blends well with and adds a lot of strength and depth to the higher ranges that Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta provide. All three Jennys are also great songwriters, and everything on the album is well done, with thoughtful reflective lyrics about love and friendship and death, the cold autumn wind of the Canadian prairie blowing through the record, shaping and influencing the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Though Cara Luft, a founding member of the Wailin' Jennys, was replaced by Annabelle Chvostek, the band's tight harmonies and pretty folk songs haven't changed at all on their second album, Firecracker. In fact, they've even gotten better. Chvostek's voice is seductively low and versatile, and it blends well with and adds a lot of strength and depth to the higher ranges that Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta provide. All three Jennys are also great songwriters, and everything on the album is well done, with thoughtful reflective lyrics about love and friendship and death, the cold autumn wind of the Canadian prairie blowing through the record, shaping and influencing the mandolin, the banjo, the acoustic guitar, the violin, the National Steel. It's music with a dark, sweet edge, like it understands the pain in the world but still chooses to focus on what's good instead. "Swallow," though in its attempt to maintain rhythm and rhyme the lyrics can occasionally sound a little corny "You got me, arrow shot me/Now come connect the dot me", lilts along like the bird itself as it explores love's transience, while "Avila" is simple and pretty, with a delicate chorus of "O sweet peace never have you fallen
ever have you fallen upon this town," sung in three-part harmony, that sense of longing lodged between the notes of a slow, aching electric guitar solo that winds its way through the song. A similar feeling is also apparent in "Glory Bound," manifested as a desire for a reprieve from life's hardships. It's not morbid, it's simply sad and honest in that uplifting way that only country and folk music can be. There is a melancholy that lies within many of the Wailin' Jennys' songs, but there's still an overwhelming sense of hope and happiness that is even stronger, and makes Firecracker a really great, uncontrived album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • Label: Red House
  • UPC: 033651019527
  • Catalog Number: 195
  • Sales rank: 7,808

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Devil's Paintbrush Road (3:47)
  2. 2 Glory Bound (4:25)
  3. 3 Begin (3:30)
  4. 4 Things That You Know (3:50)
  5. 5 Swallow (4:14)
  6. 6 Starlight (4:43)
  7. 7 Apocalypse Lullaby (4:10)
  8. 8 This Heart of Mine (4:40)
  9. 9 Long Time Traveller (2:09)
  10. 10 Avila (4:04)
  11. 11 Some Good Thing (3:17)
  12. 12 Prairie Town (5:02)
  13. 13 Firecracker (3:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Wailin' Jennys Primary Artist
John Dymond Electric Bass
Grant Johnson Electric Bass
Mark Mariash Drums, Tambourine, Snare Drums
Joe Phillips Acoustic Bass
Kevin Breit Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, national steel guitar
Mike Hardwick Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Hi String
David Travers-Smith Percussion, Trumpet, Hammond Organ, Tambourine, Bells, Peck Horn
Justin Abedin Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Andrew Downing Acoustic Bass
Richard Moody Violin, Viola
Nicky Mehta Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Group Member
Ruth Moody Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Accordion, Vocals, Group Member
Annabelle Chvostek Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Vocals, Group Member
Christian Dugas Drums
Brian McMillan Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Jeremy Penner Violin
Technical Credits
Grant Johnson Engineer
David Travers-Smith Producer, Engineer, Contributor, Mastering
Don Murnaghan Engineer
Traditional Composer
Richard Moody Engineer
The Wailin' Jennys Arranger
Nicky Mehta Composer
Ruth Moody Composer
Annabelle Chvostek Composer, Engineer
Ron Sawchuk Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Thoughtful lyrics, beautiful harmonies.

    My husband gave me the CD for a gift and it quickly became one of our favorites. Great song-writing, and each voice is distinct and beautiful, creating both wonderful harmonies as well as very pleasant solos. We have since purchased this CD again as a gift and recommended it to others who enjoy listening to female vocalists in a folk style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Refreshing Music - great instrumentation and vocals!

    This is the best CD we have heard in several years......trying to find a relatively close locale to hear the Wailin Jennys in concert. They are original and oh so talented!

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