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The Living Sisters

Run For Cover

(Vanguard; US: 8 Jan 2013; UK: 8 Jan 2013)

The Living Sisters follow up their acclaimed 2010 album Love yo Live  with a modest release in this EP of six cover tunes. Retro remains the order of the day as the four singers—Inara George, Becky Stark, Eleni Mandell and new member Alex Lilly—blend doo wop harmonies and country, folk and jazz touches across songs both expected (Patsy Cline’s “A Poor Man’s Roses (Or a Rich Man’s Gold))” and decidedly less so (Funkadelic’s “Can You Get to That?”).


Twangy guitar, Greg Leisz’s sighing pedal steel and Don Heffington’s drums provide ambience but it’s the singers’ harmonies that ultimately carry the day. Wry and cheeky on the opening standard “Make Love To Me”, slow and sultry on “Que Sera Sera”, the sound is pleasing and seductive throughout. Most striking of all is the group’s take on Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”, which is invested with a fresh ghostly poignancy in this a cappella rendering. Minor, but charming.

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Alex Ramon lives in London, UK, and teaches English literature and film at Kingston University and the University of Reading. He holds a PhD in English and is the author of the book Liminal Spaces: The Double Art of Carol Shields (2008). In addition to writing for PopMatters, Wears The Trousers and The Public Reviews, he's been known to blog here: http://boycottingtrends.blogspot.com/. And to tweet @BoycottTrends.


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