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The Wailin’ Jennys originated out of a guitar shop in Winnipeg in what was supposed to be a one-time performance, but since then have become one of the world’s premier acts in contemporary roots music. The original line-up consisting of Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody, and Cara Luft captured audiences with their obvious chemistry and stunning harmonies. The Wailin’ Jennys debut ... Read more in Amazon's The Wailin' Jennys Store

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House Records
  • ASIN: B004H1Z6I4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Like Gillian Welch or Alison Krauss, they can make new songs feel traditional and old songs sound brand new." -- All Music Guide

"The Wailin' Jennys are post-modern purveyors of old-fashioned folk songs... beautiful and mesmerizing" -- Cleveland Plan Dealer

"Their sweeping melodicism defies boundaries, feeling at once edgy and familiar, delivered in harmonies that could melt a Manitoba February." -- Boston Globe

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This is the kind of album you can listen to in any mood or situation and find a smile on your face.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By J. Weber on February 8, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Bright Morning Stars is certainly an appropriate name: The Wailin' Jennys once again combine stellar songwriting, brilliant arrangements, and heavenly harmonies in their latest album.

With the opening notes, listeners will notice some changes from the group's prior studio work. Mark Howard (Lucinda Williams, Marianne Faithful, The Tragically Hip) joined the Jennys' long-time collaborator David Travers-Smith to co-produce the new album. The result, at times, is a fuller, more layered sound than the group's earlier studio recordings, their self-titled EP (2003), 40 Days (2004), and Firecracker (2006). But that result never overpowers the rightful focus on the vocals: three singer-songwriters with beautifully distinctive individual voices, each singing lead on her own original songs, yet blending together with each other perfectly to produce the flawlessly lush close harmonies for which the group has become known.

This is the trio's first studio album with alto Heather Masse (the group's "token American"), who in early 2007 joined founding Canadian members, soprano Ruth Moody and mezzo Nicky Mehta. The album includes one traditional song, the title track arranged by the group and sung a cappella, and twelve originals. As on their prior studio albums, the Jennys share equally in the songwriting duties, with each of the three contributing four original songs that somehow manage to sound both contemporary and traditional, and combine a broad range of influences, from roots, folk and Americana, to acoustic pop, to gospel and jazz.

Because there isn't a weak one in the lot, it's difficult to single out a song for comment. But still it's hard not to mention Storm Comin'.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Colin Spence on February 10, 2011
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For anyone unfamiliar with the Wailin' Jennys (harmonisers extraordinaire), the current line up is : Ruth Moody - soprano, Nicky Mehta - mezzo, and Heather Masse - alto (although I tend to refer to her as a contralto because of her sultry edge when she hits the lower notes). It's been over 4 years since the release of their previous studio album. With past albums, the instrumental accompaniment was shared between the Jennys and additional players; here, most of the instrumental support is provided by a crack team of Canadian session musicians - the playing features a wide range of stringed instruments (including electric guitar on about half of the tracks) plus rhythms from acoustic guitar, acoustic/electric bass and drums/percussion on many tracks.

Compared to earlier studio albums, 'Bright Morning Stars' has a more polished sound. Whilst I prefer the more stripped back sound of those earlier albums, there is no denying that this album is beautifully put together*, and both the playing and the vocals (including the harmonies, of course) are impeccable (although I could have done without the whistling on 'Away But Never Gone') ~ *the one exception being the final track, 'Last Goodbye', which sounds over-engineered/ compressed to me.

The album comprises 12 songs penned by individual members of the band plus 1 'trad. arr.' and, as on past albums, each Jenny takes the lead vocals on her own song. There is a good range of tempos and the songs draw upon a number of different influences - including folk, pop, bluegrass, gospel and cabaret-jazz. For me, there are 4 or 5 songs on this album which are somewhat bland - the song-writing has lost some of its melodic touch of old; for sure, the songs are subtle, pretty and very easy on the ear, but they just don't holdo my attention.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sistermoon on February 13, 2011
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I do not own any other Wailin' Jennys CD's and it seems there has been a fair amount of change in who is in the band. I hope they remain in this incarnation for some time. This is a gorgeous CD. Their vocals are flawless, and some remind me of the transcendent moments in some of the songs done by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton together (Trio CD's). There is a peaceful "vibe" to this CD, so that if you are looking for something rocking, you won't find it--though there are some bluesy and alt-country songs. It is serene and I enjoy CD's that have that feeling without interruption. Reference points for my taste are Patty Griffin, Jane Siberry, Emmylou Harris, reincarnated acoustic Cyndi Lauper, Innocence Mission. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Cook on February 12, 2011
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The WJs captured my ear with beautiful harmonies and great arrangements years ago. This album has all of that plus a certain musical sofistication that melds perfectly with new production values and great back-up. I'm looking forward to my first live performance of the WJs in a small intimate venue in NW Ct in March. Meanwhile, I'll set the MP3 to WJs random play.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kassy on March 18, 2011
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I was a little hesitant about this album when listening to the sample track clips before I bought it. Everything sounded pretty sad--there wasn't an immediately upbeat tune to the lot of them as their earlier releases had (like Starlight on Firecracker), but after a few listens (alright, probably about 15 by now) I truly love this album. Strangely enough, the song Cherry Blossom Love is my favorite on this album, even though it is about a heart-broken woman.

I just hope that there isn't such a large gap between albums again. I want more Wailin' Jennys on my iPod.
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