The Secret Sisters

Unless you're Hayseed Dixie, it's a bold move to make your debut album primarily consist of covers; fortunately, for The Secret Sisters, it's a move that pays off as it gives an immediate indication of their musical talents by ensuring that every track manages to feel original. When you consider that some of the tracks covered by the country duo, such as Carson And Gaile's 'Something Stupid', have already been covered numerous times, that is some achievement. The two original tracks also bode well for the future if the sisters don't intend to release predominantly cover albums, with 'Waste The Day' being a particular highlight thanks to its delectable Southern drawl vocal. It certainly doesn't hurt having T-Bone Burnett on executive producer duty either, although really the focus on the album is on the music with production sheen kept to an absolute minimum. This results in some lush harmonies and gorgeously old-fashioned country music that isn't destined for a hoedown but will definitely make you swoon. Arguably it is a touch on the slight side in terms of depth; however, that's unlikely to prevent The Secret Sisters remaining secret for much longer.

Overall

7

out of 10

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