October 17, 2011, 8:15 am
Artist: The Waifs
The present is "Temptation." For those who are unaware, The Waifs are a folk trio from Australia. Two girls and a boy. I was expecting banjos. Check. Mandolins? Got it. Harmonica? Oh my, yes. But, what I wasn't expecting was the bluesy presence of an electric guitar. The album starts a little heavy, but it lightens up. They really hit their stride when they are at their darkest with "Temptation" and "Moses and the Lamb." The latter starts out as a distorted blues confessional, and morphs into a toe-tapping folk gospel song that's been on repeat in my cd player for a couple days.
The title temptation is biblical at some points, and may just refer to love at others. The album drags occasionally, but the majority of the songs are well crafted. If you don't know about The Waifs, it never hurts to try new things.
Even Quicker Review: Australian folk trio gets a little bluesier, back woods style.Favorite Songs: Moses and the Lamb, Temptation, Day Dreamer
You should listen to this: If you prefer folk music to church.
Coming to Portland: Fingers crossed...
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