by The Wailin' JennysThe Wailin' Jennys


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/06/2006
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651019527
catalogNumber: 195
Rank: 13428

Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Don Murnaghan   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Richard Moody   Engineer
Wailin' Jennys   Arranger
Nicky Mehta   Composer
Ruth Moody   Composer
Annabelle Chvostek   Composer,Engineer
Ron Sawchuk   Cover Art

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