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.