The Secret Sisters

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All Music Guide - J. Allen
Revivalism is a tricky business. If you're re-creating a style from another era -- as opposed to merely putting a modern spin on it -- you've got to walk a fine line between paying homage to the past and bringing your own personality into play. Not many can manage it, but on their self-titled debut album, the Secret Sisters seem to have successfully brought classic country sounds into the present with a feeling of timelessness rather than dusty archive-spelunking. T-Bone Burnett was so impressed with young Muscle Shoals, AL sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers that after their label, Universal Republic, turned him on to their music, he created his own imprint for their album's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Allen
Revivalism is a tricky business. If you're re-creating a style from another era -- as opposed to merely putting a modern spin on it -- you've got to walk a fine line between paying homage to the past and bringing your own personality into play. Not many can manage it, but on their self-titled debut album, the Secret Sisters seem to have successfully brought classic country sounds into the present with a feeling of timelessness rather than dusty archive-spelunking. T-Bone Burnett was so impressed with young Muscle Shoals, AL sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers that after their label, Universal Republic, turned him on to their music, he created his own imprint for their album's release. It's easy to see why -- the Rogers sisters' heavenly harmonies on the traditional ballad "Do You Love an Apple" would have been a natural for the Burnett-produced soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou?, if not for the fact that the girls were barely old enough to cross the street by themselves at the time of the film's release. But while they're capable of ethereal, heart-tugging turns like the aforementioned tune and Hank Williams' spiritual "House of Gold," these gals have got plenty of guts, too. Their more earthbound side comes out on the honky tonk tunes that dominate the album, like the old George Jones hit "Why Baby Why," Buck Owens' classic "My Heart Skips a Beat," and a more secular Hank hit, "Why Don't You Love Me." They even find room to expand their parameters outside of country music, delivering a gorgeous version of the 1967 Frank and Nancy Sinatra duet "Something Stupid" and coming off like a distaff Everly Brothers on "I've Got a Feeling," an early-'60s pop
ock obscurity by then-teen singer Nancy Baron. And while producer Dave Cobb's arrangements don't self-consciously re-create every element of the musical eras the sisters dig into, they don't add any superfluous modernizations either, keeping the sonic framework just as timeless-sounding as the Secret Sisters' style itself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527439136
  • Catalog Number: 001453302
  • Sales rank: 748

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Secret Sisters Primary Artist
Brian Allen Bass
Rob Arthur Piano
Russ Pahl Guitar, Steel Guitar
Dean Parks Electric Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Robby Turner Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Powell Drums
Jackson Smith Guitar
Dave Cobb Percussion
Jason "Rowdy" Cope Guitar
Technical Credits
Bill Monroe Composer
George Jones Composer
Buck Owens Composer
Niko Bolas Engineer
T Bone Burnett Executive Producer
Hank Williams Composer
Larry Jenkins Management
Ivy Skoff Additional Production
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Matt Andrews Engineer
Darrell Edwards Composer
Charles LaVerne Composer
Wally Zober Composer
Darrell Thorp Engineer
Traditional Composer
Jason Wormer Engineer
John McBride Engineer
Dave Cobb Producer
Kyle Ford Engineer
Lydia Rogers Composer
Carson C. Parks Composer
Andrew Brightman Management
Laura Rogers Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2014

    Really interesting harmonies on some old familiar songs.

    Really interesting harmonies on some old familiar songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    More, please.

    My only complaint is that this CD is too short. Please fill the next one with 80 minutes of music; better yet, make it a 2CD set. I have never heard Hank Williams' "House of Gold" before. These girls make it sound heavenly. I may even prefer their version of "Something Stupid" to that of Frank and Nancy Sinatra. Amazing, clear, pure harmony througout.

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