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June 6, 2006

  Song Title
The Devil's Paintbrush Road
Glory Bound
Things That You Know
Apocalypse Lullaby
This Heart Of Mine
Long Time Traveller
Some Good Thing
Prairie Town

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Label: Red House
  • Total Length: 51:41
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000S57AJQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,312 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful
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Firecracker is the second full-length album from the Canadian trio The Wailin' Jennys. Their first, 40 Days, won a Juno (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) as roots and traditional album of the year, and set a very high standard. But Firecracker clearly escapes the sophomore jinx that so often afflicts second albums. How does it do it?

Maybe it's the result of the change in personnel -- alto Cara Luft left the group in late 2004 and Annabelle Chvostek joined soprano Ruth Moody and mezzo Nicky Mehta. Maybe it's the two years they've taken since the release of 40 Days. Maybe it's the hundreds of live shows they`ve done, including four guest appearances on A Prairie Home Companion in just seven months during 2005. Maybe it's the shift in musical focus -- gone are Luft's Celtic influenced songs; added is a more country flavor, enhanced by a talented array of backup musicians. But probably more than anything, Firecracker escapes the jinx because of what hasn't changed from 40 Days -- the beautifully composed, flawlessly executed, exquisitely gorgeous three-part close harmony.

Firecracker includes twelve original compositions with instrumental backup, plus one traditional song, Long Time Traveler, arranged by the Jennys and sung a cappella. Moody, Mehta and Chvostek each wrote four of the originals. Although each Jenny has a distinctive writing style, the songs work well together, and show a range of related influences, from alt-country, to contemporary folk, to Appalachian/roots. And although each Jenny has a very distinctive voice, and each sings lead on her own songs, the three voices blend together perfectly to produce their trademark harmonies.

Firecracker should win the Jennys many new fans.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "SET YOUR SIGHTS A HOMEWARD" June 24, 2006
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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."

--"follow heart, follow round heart, one round home."

--"now the coldest day of winter has made a home of my heart.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Acoustic Poetry February 17, 2007
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It's hard to review this album and not use the word 'beautiful' repeatedly. I've listened to it about a million times since I bought it and often wake up with its melodies and lyrics in my head - a pretty nice way to start the day.

Firecracker is the Jennys first album with new member Annabelle Chvostek, who seems to have slotted into the trio seamlessly while bringing her own distinctive vocal style and instrumental range. The feel of this album is slightly different from 40 Days in a way that's hard to pinpoint. That difference owes much to the new dynamic created by Annabelle's presence and Cara Luft's absence. It's a progression but not a departure.

One thing, however, remains the same - those gorgeous harmonies wrapped around lyrics that are haunting, poignant, passionate, wistful, sad, hopeful and endlessly evocative. I defy anyone with an ounce of humanity not to be moved by these beautiful songs.

Stand out tracks for me include Nicky Mehta's 'Begin', Ruth Moody's 'Prairie Town' and Annabelle's 'Apocalypse Lullaby'. But it's all good. Actually, it's all great. I love it to death.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums I've Heard in a While! May 25, 2007
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Usually, when I purchase a CD, there are a couple of songs that I skip whenever I listen to it. Not this one. Every single song is highly enjoyable. Lovely lyrics, beautiful harmony vocals, quality musicianship -- Firecracker has it all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every track is exceptional... August 15, 2006
By Sandy
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I purchased this CD after seeing the Wailin' Jennys on Prairie Home Companion and after reading the excellent reviews on Amazon. I must add my whole-hearted praise for this CD. Every track is amazing and the harmony is flawless. On some of the more poignant songs the harmony is so perfect that it's impossible not to be moved emotionally.

The thing that most impressed me about this trio, however, was the pure devotion they have for their craft. Absent are the crass commercialism and arrogance of the Dixie Chicks. On every track you can almost feel the love and gratefulness these girls have for their talents and their songs. Self-penned by the Wailin' Jennys themselves, their songs reflect their innermost beings and the soft passion of those innermost thoughts are treated reverently with their individual voices and their harmonies.

I cannot recommend this CD enough. It's a mellow delight for those of us who still want our music to be pure and sung simply for the delight of it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Bluegrass
The Wailin' Jennys are a fun bluegrass listen. There is a nice mixture of slow and melodic tune along with some great toe-tappin' jigs.
Published 8 days ago by Donna Hermreck
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I listen to this CD over and over. Lovely and upbeat. I've purchased all of their CD's, and have enjoyed all.
Published 16 days ago by Christy in Virginia
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from the Jennys
The voices and name may change, but the harmonies and instrumental are superb. This is my 3rd Jenny's CD and each one is entertaining and uplifting. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Peter Cooper
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Harmonies and Powerful Lyrics
My sister first introduced me to The Wailin' Jennys after hearing them on public radio, and I loved the first song I heard, Starlight. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lily
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wailin' Jennys never disappoint!
Flawless musicality and fantastic chemistry among these three very talented musicians. They are on my short list whenever they come to town for a live performance!
Published 2 months ago by Stereoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
If you love great music, beautiful harmonies, and songs that touch your heart, this is the album for you. It is by far my favorite of theirs.
Published 3 months ago by AC
5.0 out of 5 stars Sister and Brother in law loved it
Sister and brother-in-law loved this CD. I'm Always glad to get it right at holiday time. Thank you Wailin' Jennys.
Published 3 months ago by Suzanne V. Ebeling-urban
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music
These ladies can flat out sing. This is powerful, lovely music that couples great voices with fine instrumental work. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jamie Katz
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Published 5 months ago by philip grillo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine set
again the three show their versitility at placing harmonies into the songs. This is the second album I have purchased and plan to pick up some more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin P. Kirsch
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