A refreshing sound out of the Nashville-music machine produced by Dave Cobb (Waylon Jennings) and Executive Produced by T. Bone Burnett (I guess he was there to make sure Dave didn’t let things go too Neu-Nashville poopy?) and recorded 100% analog. In their own words “No computers or digital equipment were even allowed near the sessions in an effort to capture the sisters’ stunning vocal prowess ‘as is.’ The production team and the girls utilized vintage microphones and ‘throwback’ recording techniques down to the same type of tape they would have used fifty years ago.”
Pretty sweet! Laura and Lydia from Alabama effortless croon on some classic sounding tunes for a solid debut that gives all the other auto-tuned/melodyne’d beeatches a run for their scrilla. Nothing groundbreaking here but a refreshing young energy and passion into the classic country genre with some great playing behind them. Singing both at the same time for every song which is a nice touch and what is even more rad is they sang simultaneously the whole time on the recording into one mic. Keeping it way real in 2010. And this does NOT sound like the Nashville sound that has become known in the past decade of commercial “emo-country” as I like to call it with all the “great” production techniques of a Mazda television commercial meets an Emo(-tional) salad. I once watched the Country Music Awards out of a sick curiosity and it was jaw-droppingly bad and an insane glimpse into what this once “down-home” genre has become. Now don’t get us wrong, we are totally ok with computer recording, but the audio-photoshopping sometimes just goes too far and the last decade of music with Attack Attack, Brokencyde, Axl’s Chinese Democracy and a slew of others are here to prove this theory. So surprisingly a major label backed this record by the Secret Sisters and had some sort of clue probably because most of their staff was fired and pruned during the end of the glory years of “the industry”.
Well, enough of that. Get into the tunes – download “The One I Love Is Gone” below and check out their album if you want some nice classic country driving tunes. Though I do wish they released a vinyl on a cool indie label like Bloodshot or something. Mmmm…
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