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Bloom Red & The Ordinary Girl

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The sophomore effort from Tres Chicas - Caitlin Cary (ex-Whiskeytown, Tonya Lamm (ex-Hazeldine) and Lynn Blakey (Glory Fountain) - was recorded in London and features the production work of Neil Brockbank and Robert Trehern and guest appearances by Nick Lowe and Geraint Watkins. The broadened instrumentation and musical range found on the new record serves to better highlight the impeccable interplay between their voices and the passionately romantic, soulfully earthbound stories of love contained within their lyrics. Yep Roc. 2006.

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For their second album, alt-country veterans Caitlin Cary, Lynn Blakey, and Tonya Lamm turned from North Carolina to England to join producers Neil Brockbank and Robert Trehern (who have worked with Nick Lowe and Van Morrison), as well as a clutch of guests including Lowe, Bill Kirchen, and Geraint Watkins, whose classy piano carries their melodies. Neo-gospel opener "Drop Me Down," a Lou Ford cover, establishes a theme of spiritual and personal renewal, which unfolds through the album's serene, lightly-stringed sound. The singers take advantage of the space to build some of the most lush, intricate female harmonies since Emmylou, Dolly, and Linda formed Trio. Tempo can be a problem, however, turning languid and bleary midway through the album, with only "The Man of the People" (a jab at phony populism) and "If You Think That It's All Right" (a jazzy two-step take on an obscure Johnny Carver song) picking up the pace. All three singers contribute original tunes, and all three tend to strain after poetic effect. Love is compared to 400 flamingos preening in the water, while a broken heart bleeds red as a red barn. And while the album may not contain the Chicas' strongest songs, it expertly expands their sound via shades of soul and British folk-rock into temperate country-pop atmospheres. --Roy Kasten
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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B000E7GAW6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tres Chicas could have taken the easy way with this album and simply recorded "Sweetwater II" as their first album was a thorougly delightful romp through the realms of alternative country. Instead, "Bloom, Red and the Ordinary Girl" show Lynn Blakey, Caitlin Cary, and Tonya Lamm stretch their considerable vocal muscles into other styles, including R&B. Indeed, the wondrous "Only Broken" stirs immediate visions of Dusty Springfield. Then there are the lush arrangements of Cary's seductive "Stone Love Song." Other standouts include "My Love" and "Still I Run." That this album appears to have fallen under the rader of listeners is truly a crime.
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After Sweetwater we were all hoping for another Tres Chicas album, for that project not to have been a one off. Our prayers were answered with Bloom, Red and the Ordinary Girl. This album is definately more polished than its predecessor, but no less georgous. Tracing various incantations of love, this album often finds the women coming out on the sad end. Still the lyrics remain fresh because they lack the bitterness of so many other alt-country ballads. The harmonies, of course, are angel choir perfect and the women trade leads and weave in and out, over and under each other. All in all this is an album perfect for cozy listenings over a Sunday Afternoon Hot Buttered Rum.
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If you're reading this, then you must already know enough about the Chicas' background and musical histories. Suffice it to say, these ladies know their way around stage and studio - and they sing their asses off. Bloom, Red, etc. is a fantastic successor to "Sweetwater" - a collection of chestnuts and a few originals that Tanya, Caitlin and Lynn have assembled. I especially enjoy "Man of the People" (have fun guessing who the poison pen is aimed at), "My Love" (penned by Nick Lowe's long time keyboardist Geraint Watkins), and "Red" - but each song on this album is a joy.
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Their 1st CD is better, I rate only 6/12 songs on this one as keepers. For you MP3 downloaders, my list is: Drop Me Down, Shade Trees in Bloom, Sway, Only Broken, 400 Flamingos, and Slip So Easily. However, Tres Chicas is a very talented group that I'd like to hear more from. I found this group in kind of an interesting way. See my review of "Sweetwater".
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