Thursday, May 15, 2014
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: THE SECRET SISTERS - PUT YOUR NEEDLE DOWN
The Sisters write much of their own material, along with top pros, including Cape Breton's Gordie Sampson, country singer, Brandi Carlile, and notably one B. Dylan, contributing new lyrics to his funky Tin Pan Alley number Dirty Lie. It's a beauty, a bluesy piece that Tom Waits might have done as well. The number Iuka is a messy murder ballad, in an updated, Ode To Billy Joe style, and aside from the car mentioned, could be from 1850 or 1950 or now. The cover of P.J. Harvey's The Pocket Knife works too, retaining a bit of her edge and power, but its folk side more prominent.
So, it's got lots of top-notch material and expert playing. But the vocals are the real difference, as near to the Everly Sisters as we're going to hear. When the close harmonies begin on Let There Be Lonely, you'll get shivers, and on Black and Blue, you'll probably feel the same way you do when you hear Cathy's Clown. Beauty.