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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 6 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jericho Beach Music
  • ASIN: B000FQ4H6M
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Coming together four years ago at a Winnipeg music store, the trio of Ruth Moody, Cara Luft and Nicky Mehta are musical sisters who write, sing and play exquisite music together. Firecracker is their follow-up to 2004's 40 Days, of which Creem Magazine said: ''Sure they have a witty name. But don't be fooled into thinking that 40 Days is some kinda countrified hoe-down because Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Cara Luft are on a mission to restore tasteful three part harmony and good old fashioned melody back to its proper place in the forefront of intelligent pop music.'' ''Anyone familiar with the folk music scene in Manitoba and Canada generally, certainly knows that each of these women is a successful, talented and progressive artist in their own right, but the confluence of these three is a phenomenon in the making.''- Rob Vaameyer, NewWinnipeg.com. ''Spine-tingling harmony.''- Monday Magazine, Victoria.

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When Winnipeg's Wailin' Jennys recorded their debut disc, 40 Days, back in 2004, their enthusiastic fan base--cultivated in part by significant airplay from CBC Radio One--provided the young group with a fast track to fame. Their fans' praise came first, critical acclaim arrived shortly thereafter, and a 2005 Juno for Best Roots & Traditional album soon followed. Surprisingly, as opportunities arose, founding member Cara Luft left the band, expediently replaced by Annabelle Chvostek. Thankfully, the Jennys' sound is none the worse for wear, even stronger in the respect that Chvostek's deft fiddle and mandolin playing helps to further uplift their melodies, while her warm alto adds a nice touch to the three part harmonies.

On this sophomore release, founding members Nicky Mehta and Ruth Moody continue in the tradition of writing songs independently, with each songwriter taking the lead on her own tracks. Moody seems to have the strongest songwriting sense: Listening to "Things That You Know" and "This Heart Of Mine" makes one yearn to hear the Dixie Chicks cover these tracks with the vocal strength and three-part power that the Wailin' girls do not have… yet. With a country edge and a Celtic lilt, Firecracker is an enjoyable listen, but those looking for edgy, O Brother-style country and alt-folk might find a better fit seeking out Gillian Welch or the Be Good Tanyas. Roots fans looking to dip their toes into easy listening-style acoustic music, however, will find this to be a fine fit. --Denise Sheppard


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The third recording from the amazing Wailin’ Jennys is a real corker. It’s hard to imagine a more beautiful album will be released this year. Following their first indie release and 2004’s gorgeous 40 DAYS, FIRECRACKER is even better. While many are focusing this year on the nice vocalizing of the magisterial Emmylou Harris and the quite different Mark Knopfler on their album of duets, ALL THE ROADRUNNING, FIRECRACKER may get much less attention than it deserves. You won’t hear more exhilarating harmony work than that of the Jennys in this new cd.

Ruth Moody—of the sweetest soprano and a folkie bent—and Nicky Mehta—with a poignant mezzo voice and an otherworldly outlook—join their newest member, Annabelle Chvostek—who has her own beautiful alto and a nice edgy sensibility. Annabelle replaces Cara Luft in the trio and brings something wonderful to their already impressive musicianship. They all play acoustic instruments with great skill: Ruth—the accordion and banjo, Nicky—the harmonica and guitar, and Annabelle—a great mandolin and violin. As in their previous recordings, each of the Jenny’s manage to retain their own sound and songwriting style while forging an unmistakable “Jennys sound” that is intoxicating.

“Home” is the recurring image and theme of FIRECRACKER. Nine of the 13 songs directly address this:

--“leave the dream of hearth and home”

--“in a better home soon I will reside.”

--“a place to call your own, to call your home.”

--“take me back to my beginning…take me home.
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I'm very disappointed with this CD...the music is bland, repetitious and not much fun. Found only the first track had a hook that grabbed me. Not a recommendation I'm afraid. I love the Jenny's other CD's so this was quite the let-down. I'd send it back if I could.
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Superb musical harmonies, great songwriting, tasteful arrangements. You can listen to this CD at any degree of intensity and enjoy it greatly. One of my very favourites. The Wailin' Jennies are a wholly under-appreciated band. Do yourself a favour and buy it.
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I purchased this based upon reviews and discovered an excellent set of singer-songwriter fare. The harmonies are luminous, the instrumentation divine. Fans of the Dixie Chicks or Rosanne Cash would love this disc.
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Very good.
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