Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Freakwater makes a brand of acoustic-guitar-and-pedal-steel alt.country that's inspired, partly, by old-time country, though but by no means slavishly. For one thing, the group's frontwomen, Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean,... more »
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Freakwater makes a brand of acoustic-guitar-and-pedal-steel alt.country that's inspired, partly, by old-time country, though but by no means slavishly. For one thing, the group's frontwomen, Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean, write songs from thoroughly modern points of view. (The Carter Family never sang about slitting their wrists.) For another, Irwin's and Bean's striking harmonies are so ragged as to go flat (purposely?). Usually this strident approach only enhances the lonely poignance of the songs, but occasionally they push the technique to annoyance. Maybe it's no surprise then that, on Old Paint, the best numbers generally dispense with harmonies altogether, leaving one singer's haunting voice to weep all alone. --David Cantwell
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James Carragher | New York | 12/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Old Paint is a throwback, music so roughhewn that you might expect to hear it on a scratchy 78 in some Appalachia cabin. This is mostly a matter of Freakwater's commanding vocals, intricate harmonies woven in almost hoarse, edgy voices of sleepless nights and smoke. It's a sound that works best for darkness, death, and dirges that make up the bulk of the songs here, but can also be surprisingly effective on upbeat numbers like Kentucky Home. When Freakwater sings, on Gone to Stay, "shovel, dirt and gravel/all his mother hears is the sound/of a little baby crying/somewhere in the ground," the words stay with you for a good long while. Not a CD you'll want to play when you need cheering up, and the singing goes shrill (Hero/Heroine) at times. But if deep, old-style country is one of your musical tastes, talented Freakwater should be heard."
C. Gibson | Chicago, IL United States | 09/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Here, listen to this," my buddy said to me, slyly, as he handed me a copy of OLD PAINT. Wow. I was blown away. This is amazing stuff, kind of what Hazel Dickens would write for a crowd of Gen-X'ers. At first you wouldn't think Janet and Catherine leave anything to the imagination, yet while their songs are explicit in describing some pretty harsh realities, they are multi-layered, and can withstand hundreds of listenings while still seeming fresh. "The Waitress Song" is a masterpiece, "Gone To Stay" grabs your attention and doesn't let go, and "Kentucky House" is so darn much fun, I grin whenever I hear it. From that tentative "Here, listen to this" has grown an enthusiasm that knows no bounds. If you're tired of boring pop and think that Garth is just a rocker with an oversized belt buckle, grab a copy of OLD PAINT...this stuff is good for you!"
I'm not a country fan, but....
August Lamczyk | 01/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have never been interested in country, so when a friend recommended Freakwater, I did not want to give them a chance. I am so glad I did!!! Freakwater is one of the best groups I have ever heard!! End Time is flawless-- my favorite. The girls harmonize in a way that has not been seen since Crosby, Stills, and Nash. I recommend this and all other Freakwater albums to EVERYONE!! I love them!!"