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Out of the Blue
     

Out of the Blue

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by The Burns Sisters
 
The Burns Sisters may be from Ithaca, New York, but they come across as an act steeped in music south of the Mason-Dixon line on their fourth Philo Records album, Out of the Blue. Beginning with the opening track, "God Made Woman," a female-centric rewrite of Genesis, they sound like rootsy

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The Burns Sisters may be from Ithaca, New York, but they come across as an act steeped in music south of the Mason-Dixon line on their fourth Philo Records album, Out of the Blue. Beginning with the opening track, "God Made Woman," a female-centric rewrite of Genesis, they sound like rootsy country-rockers with the bluesy feel of Wynonna. Before long, they have settled into the sort of country-folk-rock hybrid characteristic of Mary Chapin Carpenter, though they add tinges of other styles, usually by introducing a particular instrument, such as the tin whistle that gives a Celtic tone to "Longtime" and the fiddle that emphasizes the Cajun flavor of "Two Step Recipe." The songs, mostly originals by either Marie or Annie Burns, tend to be statements of romantic devotion, often in the face of social pressure ("I Love You Anyway") or the love object's own resistance ("Wish I Never Met You"). But there are also songs of self-affirmation ("Bedrock") and religious belief, the latter notably including the hymn-like song "The Prayer of St. Francis," which finds the sisters closing the album by reciting "the Kyrie eleison." Both as solo leaders and harmonizers they are impressive singers and the powers-that-be in Nashville, ever on the lookout for material, should investigate this disc for possible covers.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/04/2000
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011671122823
catalogNumber:
711228

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burns Sisters   Primary Artist
Daryl Burgess   Drums
Annie Burns   Vocals
Jeannie Burns   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Marie Burns   Mandolin,Vocals
Gina Forsyth   Fiddle
David Mansfield   Mandolin
Marc Shulman   Electric Guitar
Jim Henry   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Burns Sisters   Producer
Annie Burns   Producer
Jeannie Burns   Producer
Marie Burns   Producer
Tim Harding   Engineer
Jimmy LaFave   Duet
Jean-Pierre LeGuillou   Layout Concept
Jason Arnold   Engineer
Timmy Reppert   Engineer

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Out of the Blue 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago

Their uncanny ability to master many musical styles has been honed to its finest on this album. Annie, Jeannie and Marie tell their stories through folk, country, bluegrass, pop, blues and gospel tunes. Yet their signature three-part harmony and rotating lead vocals keeps them sounding unmistakeably original.

The album starts with the tongue-in-cheek pop anthem 'God Made Woman'. This has been a crowd-pleaser at their concerts for over a year, and it's wonderful to finally have it available on CD. I laughed out loud the first time I heard it, and I bet you'll at least smile. The CD ends with the a capella 'Prayer of St. Francis' which gives me goosebumps whenever I hear it.

In between, the Sisters deal with the search for meaning ('Something Real'), rising above misfortune ('Bedrock') but most of all, real love: the sweetest love, the wished-for love, the lost love, the forbidden love, the love that might have been, the love that ruins everything, and the 'let's get away from the kids and go out dancing love'. Every one of these songs touches a place in my heart that still yearns, burns or aches.

If there's a roadblock in the way of their success, it could be their versatility. You can't pin them down to a single style or label. I think this has been what's kept their following to a small base of fiercely loyal fans. Too bad. If any band deserves to be famous, it's the Burns Sisters.

Yet there's no hint of bitterness here. Perhaps Marie's 'Bedrock' best sums up their attitude: 'life can be rough, but I can be tough... I keep my eyes on the sunny side'. They've kept their energy positive, making beautfiul music since the mid-80's. Out Of The Blue is their most impressive recording yet. If you give it a spin it will live in your CD player for weeks and weeks.