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  • Audio CD (July 4, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: July 4, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo/Rounder
  • ASIN: B00004U0PG
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,027 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vamping blues, back-street rock & roll, Irish whistle folk, slick new country, and gospel praising both body and soul: for their sixth album, Annie, Jeannie, and Marie Burns continue melding their charming harmonies with perky, adult, feminist rock. Out of the Blue is their most musically catchy and accomplished recording; it's also their most lyrically forgettable. Marie and Annie write songs about relationships, whether broken or enduring, but rarely transcend prefabricated pop sentiments. Cliches are tacked together--"For your love, I'd climb the mountain / For your love, I'll swim the sea" and "Stand up for what you believe / To yourself be true"--which might be forgivable if the writers weren't so laboriously earnest. Humor nearly saves the Earth-mother preaching of "God Made Woman" and the fun country fluff of "Two Step Recipe," but Out of the Blue rarely makes it out of the commonplace. --Roy Kasten

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This CD will grow on you with repeated listenings.
Edward J. Insinger
I abandon myself to the incredible lyrics and tune and seem to find my very own soulmate in the colors and waves and emotions and grandiosity of the composition.
Anatole Krattiger
Yet their signature three-part harmony and rotating lead vocals keeps them sounding unmistakeably original.
Jeff Lamicela

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Lamicela on July 6, 2000
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Their uncanny ability to master many musical styles has been honed to its finest on this album. Annie, Jeannie and Marie tell their stories through folk, country, bluegrass, pop, blues and gospel tunes. Yet their signature three-part harmony and rotating lead vocals keeps them sounding unmistakeably original.
The album starts with the tongue-in-cheek pop anthem "God Made Woman". This has been a crowd-pleaser at their concerts for over a year, and it's wonderful to finally have it available on CD. I laughed out loud the first time I heard it, and I bet you'll at least smile. The CD ends with the a capella "Prayer of St. Francis" which gives me goosebumps whenever I hear it.
In between, the Sisters deal with the search for meaning ("Something Real"), rising above misfortune ("Bedrock") but most of all, real love: the sweetest love, the wished-for love, the lost love, the forbidden love, the love that might have been, the love that ruins everything, and the "let's get away from the kids and go out dancing love". Every one of these songs touches a place in my heart that still yearns, burns or aches.
If there's a roadblock in the way of their success, it could be their versatility. You can't pin them down to a single style or label. I think this has been what's kept their following to a small base of fiercely loyal fans. Too bad. If any band deserves to be famous, it's the Burns Sisters.
Yet there's no hint of bitterness here. Perhaps Marie's "Bedrock" best sums up their attitude: "life can be rough, but I can be tough... I keep my eyes on the sunny side". They've kept their energy positive, making beautfiul music since the mid-80's. Out Of The Blue is their most impressive recording yet. If you give it a spin it will live in your CD player for weeks and weeks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Naiman-Pascar on August 12, 2002
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Out of the Blue" was the FIRST CD of the Burns Sisters I acquired for my music library after seeing them for the first time at the Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. Since then, I have actually worked backwards, with the exception of their recent solo releases, in adding ALL of their CD's to my collection. With them for me, it is musically, a NEVER ENDING STORY.
This continues to be my VERY FAVORITE of their releases, and I think their very best, indeed. This summer is three years since I first saw them at Club Passim, and I'm still as in love with and as in awe of them as performers and as three wonderful ladies as I was that first night.
There's a touch of rock n'roll, a bit of blue grass, gentle love ballads, and a vein of pure folk running through the fabric of these tunes. It is rockin' n' rolicking, tender and sweet, and a most haunting patchwork quilt of music.
"God Made Woman" and "Bedrock" kick some solid and serious folky [tush] out there for digesting, particularly Jeannie Burns' powerful, bluesy and torchy moments, with Marie and Annie providing a back-up that is equally as energetic.
"Longtime", "With I Never Met You," "Something Real" and "Out of the Blue" pull at the heartstrings. These songs tell of the many facets of love, the title song in particular being so beautiful anyone would want to claim it for their very own love song.
My very favorite on the whole CD is "The Prayer of St.
Francis", written by none other than Saint Francis of Assissi, the Catholic patron saint of animals and ecology, and was set to music by someone in the mid 16th century A.D. It is powerful, yet gentle, simple yet complex, and is rendered hauntingly and exquisitely by a blend of three of the most beautiful voices on the planet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scholar Activist on September 4, 2000
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This is my favorite album of this group to date. Always hard to categorize, the music of the Burns Sisters is full of beautiful harmonies, at times soul-searching, at times rockin' and funny. "When God Made a Woman" is hilarious, and shows their sense of humor. "Prayer of St. Francis" is deeply touching. I love the way the sisters' vocals complement each other so perfectly, and their three-part harmonies twine in and out of each other so beautifully. Crosby Stills and Nash had nothing on these women!
Go Burns Sisters! We LOVED this one!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna Lashley on August 8, 2000
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I just listened to my copy of "Out of the Blue", the new long awaited release from the Burns Sisters. It has been well worth the wait, as it is a beautiful, soulful, down to earth and uplifting...I can't stop listening....Thank you burns Sisters....
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Ever since I first heard the "Burns Sisters" back in 1992, I fell in love with their fascinating tunes, with the ambiance they create at their concerts through the unique "Burns-esque" charisma and energy, and with the life and the "burning" love surrounding them. Since then I've bought each and every of their CD's which they released over time, either as the "Burns Sisters" or as individuals (Marie, Annie, and Jeannie all have their own wonderful and fabulous recordings; check out[...] As I got to learn more about their music and genre, I realized that they haven't really been musical trendsetters: they are the trend champions in what has already been described as "the best of rock & roll, Irish folk, new country, and jazzy/sacred gospel".
All songs are intelligent and uplifting, and I love every song on "Out of the Blue"; they are CLASSIC, with CLASS, yet different and not run of the mill artists. This CD is rather more "pop" than their previous recordings, and very beautiful, if you are prepared to open your hearts and souls to the songs.
"Out of the Blue" is the best album of their careers--indeed, the best album I've heard. "God made Woman" is the unsurpassed song of a lifetime, resonating in one's soul hours and days (and nights) after you've heard it the first time. It reminds me the story of "The Bridge Across Forever", a great book by Richard Bach: the song almost literally builds a bridge across your innermost self, from your heart to your own soul. I abandon myself to the incredible lyrics and tune and seem to find my very own soulmate in the colors and waves and emotions and grandiosity of the composition.
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