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Up All Night

The WaifsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 6, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B00008XEQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Waifs may hail from Australia, but their canny blend of acoustic blues, country, and folk wouldn’t sound out of place in the sort of hip Texas roadhouse that has Townes Van Zandt and Bob Dylan on the jukebox. The trio consists of sisters Vicki and Donna Simpson, who both play guitar and harmonize beautifully, and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Cunningham. All three are fine songwriters, and although they each have distinctly different styles, their compositions fit together like a musical mosaic. Cunningham’s moving, hopeful "Lighthouse" can be heard as a response to Donna’s bittersweet song of homesickness, "London Still," which in turn echoes in Vicki’s road ballad, "Three Down." The Waifs may play the same Dobros, mandolins, and guitars that any American folk or alt-country band play, but their Australian accents and outlook give them a refreshing take on the style. --Michael Simmons

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Building a fervent grass-roots following in both North America and their native Australia via tireless touring and an egaginly original sound built from elements of country, blues and pop, The Waif are one of the fastest-rising young stars in contemporary folk scene. UP ALL NIGHT the follow-up to their acclaimed 2002 album SINK OR SWIN, finds the trio of sisters Donna and Vickie Simpson and guitarist Jushua Cunningham at their most rootsy yet that weds elemental themes of loss and lonliness to burnished soulful music with the rough edges intact.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing May 6, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Since being exposed to The Waifs SINK OR SWIM on the local community folk radio program some months back, I purchased it straightaway and haven't regretted it for an instant. In fact, it seems like forever that I have awaited the release of UP ALL NIGHT. I was blessed to be able to witness the terrific talent and energy of Vikki & Donna Simpson, and Josh Cunningham (The Waifs) on May 3rd at Tropical Heatwave in Tampa. And afterwards, I purchased a copy of UP ALL NIGHT. What a musical treat this CD is from the opening cut throughout it's 48 minute length. With the beautiful vocals of Vikki and Donna and Josh's terrific guitar work, that would be enough in and of itself to offer a sumptuous feast for the soul. But then add Vikki's infectious harmonica-playing which infuses so much on Fisherman's Daughter, Lighthouse, 4th Floor. etc., and you have a CD that, for me, is the best musical purchase that I have made in 2003, by far. It is so very strong lyrically and beautiful musically that I cannot help but sing its praises. And as they are on tour currently, opening for Bob Dylan (when not performing alone), make every effort to see them if you are one to appreciate someone sharing their talents and loving doing it. Mark my words. Peace.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tremendous album July 28, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album. They call their music 'folky kinda music', and I guess that's as good a description as any. The music is somewhere in the alt.country sphere, over there next to folk. Great tunes, wailin' harmonica, and a laid-back lyrical sensibility add up to an unexpected formula for an Australian band.
One of the best of 2003.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album -- groovin and feelin good June 1, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Up All Night is a great album. The different styles of the songwriters in this band complement each other so nicely, and they are such talented musicians. The music on this album isn't about showing off, it's a collection of thoughtful, honest tunes regular people can relate and groove to. Especially dig Vicki's harp (keep stompin). I've seen The Waifs in Santa Cruz, San Jose, and San Francisco and thoroughly enjoyed each gig -- this band's studio efforts parallel their live performance very nicely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing New Sound July 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I saw the Waifs in Birmingham where they opened for Bob Dylan and it left myself, like the crowd, only wanting more. Their mix of acoustics, piano, harmonica, and powerful vocals and lyrics make this one of the most interesting new sounds in this genre. I strongly recommend you pick this album up as soon as possible and for a taste of things check out "Lighthouse" or "Fisherman's Daughter" these are two of the amazing songs on this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, what a sound! June 6, 2003
By Judy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Waifs opened for Bob Dylan at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomon's Island, MD in May 2003 - this was my first exposure to them and they are fabulous. Great harmonies, harmonica, lyrics, stage presence - If you ever get a chance to see them perform, jump at it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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If you are into any of these artists, you will love "Up all Night". There are echoes of all these musical styles in this album. This covers them all.
Joshua Cunningham's vocals on 'Since I've Been Around' are reminiscent of Paul Kelly (another great Australian folk/blues singer), as are the catchy instumentals on 'Lighthouse'.
The songs on this album are composed of deceptively simple poetry, which reminded me of Jewel's songwriting. There is often a deeper meaning, as in 'Fourth Floor'. I even felt shades of Joni Mitchell in this one. And 'Three Down' is a country-bluesy song in the same vein as many Bonnie Raitt songs.
The Waifs are unique in the way they bring all these musical styles together. The great musicality, featuring the ever-present harmonica, and the harmonies of the Simpson sisters, are the connecting thread through this album. But there is enough variety for repeated listening. This is one of the best albums I have heard for some time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aussie Folk/Pop/Soul to savor May 22, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Caught the Waifs on a strong rec from friends at the New Orleans Jazz Festival in April/03....as reviewed above, loved the Campbell sisters winning attitudes, great vocals, Vikki's harp, and Josh Cunningham's accented vocals and sharp acoustic guitar fills. They certainly won over the Jazz Fest crowd who vocally asked for an encore.
I went straight away to the cd tent to get the current release Up All Night. We listened to it back and forth to the fest for the remaining days....fine soulful folk/pop with lyrics that have grown with me to make me smile or put a little lump in the throat.
Fine music for a late Saturday night or a Tuesday afternoon. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was Up all Night Listening to this one March 12, 2003
By adam
Format:Audio CD
I just saw these guys play live at WOMADELAIDE, a world music festival, and let me just say that they were amazing. the energy level from the band, espiecally Vicki Simpson (the younger sister), was simply breath taking. The whole audiance was just sitting there like "stund mullets". We were in aor of the talent that was on show. But thats enought of what the Waifs are like live, what about the cd?
Well let me just say straight up that the passion and energy level isnt quite there on the cd, which is the main reason i didnt give it 5 stars. Thats not to say that the songs are dead on "Up all Night" though, not by a long shot. Whenever i hear "Lighthouse" or "Fourth Floor" i still have to get up and start dancing, while "London Still" (there big hit over here) always makes me feel homesick, even though im still at home....
The three songs just mentioned are definitely my favs, and worthy of your hard earned cash by themselves, while "Fisherman's Daughter" and Highway One" aren't far behind. To be honest some songs still haven't jumped out and cought my attention, but then again ive only had the cd for about a week so i havent really given them all that much time. But i must say that everytime i do chuck this cd in my sterio it sounds better and better.
"Up All Night" isn't everyones cup of tea, but for anyone that is a fan of folk music i definetley recommend going out and grabbing this cd, or even better, go see them live if you've got the chance. I think there about to head off on an American tour so you'll have no excuse.
on a final note, what did ya think of my title.... i was pretty happy with that effort
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just an outstanding Group
I saw them in person several years ago. The song Light House Man Shine your light on me is just one great song. I would hope that they come back to California for a concert. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Bianco
5.0 out of 5 stars All winners!
My favorite band and I have seen them nearly every time they have come to Humboldt County, CA! Besides having a boyish crush on Vikki (I'm way too old for that, but what can I... Read more
Published on February 6, 2009 by R. Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
This is one of the best albums I have ever bought (I own about 200). I saw the Waifs play at the Newport Folk Fest a few years ago, and fell in love with them, not just because of... Read more
Published on January 9, 2007 by S. DaSilva
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Waifs CD
I have trouble not giving everything from the Waifs at least a 5. But if it was possible I would give this one a 6.
Published on January 4, 2007 by AnserBranta
4.0 out of 5 stars Rooted Wanderers
The Waifs are from Australia and they never forget it, even as all three write and sing of distance and rootlessness. Read more
Published on July 5, 2005 by James Carragher
5.0 out of 5 stars An Aussie Triumph
'Up All Night' is, to put it simply, one of the best albums you could ever hope to hear. With vocals that go from soulful to searing, guitar that does the same, and songwriting... Read more
Published on January 19, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars another stellar effort
although their 2nd album remains my favourite to date, this is another fantastic effort by the Aussie trio. Read more
Published on August 27, 2003 by MarciNYC
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be UP ALL NIGHT listening to this record
Call it American folk, call it alt.country, call it what you like, but if you heard this Aussie trio on CBS or NPR earlier this week, suffice to say their in a category all their... Read more
Published on August 14, 2003 by amazon.com customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not as good as Lighthouse and Sink or Swim
After hearing Lighthouse on the radio and listening to Sink or Swim, I found this disappointing. The Waifs are talented musicians and writers, but wheras all the songs on Sink or... Read more
Published on August 14, 2003 by Geoff Dolman
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