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Posted on Monday, February 09, 2009 @ 22:00:38 UTC
Artist: Bourgeois Gypsies
CD: Faulty Fairytales
Home: Sierraville, California
Quote: "This album makes me yearn for dust, wagon wheels, and crazy old fashioned striped socks. Maybe itís the spirit of vaudeville coming through."
By Rachel Sedacca
Faulty Fairytales is the second release of the Bourgeois Gypsies, a collection of self-described blues-folk-funk-rock. The very well designed, artistic package covered in old pictures like an old collage from time on the road, gave me the taste of dust in my teeth even before the music backed up the sentiment.
I liked this album right away within the first few measures of "Falling," catching my interest and impressing me with the dobro before Kaisa MacDonaldís no nonsense vocals pipe in. "Unsquare Dance" brings so much to the table in its genre-straddling sound and serious use of dynamics. Highlighting Gabe Witcherís mean fiddle and some fun, staccato vocals, the whole band jumps in on this one, making it a peppy and moving song.
"Cowgirl" is an endearing ditty of the cowgirl in the city, and it's a sweet little addition. "Dry Land" changes the mood, getting sassy and swingy with an edge that echoes influences of Lucinda Williams and Chrissie Hynde. "Bright" haunts me with its lazy "la da dee da nah," easy to stick in your mind long after the album stops playing, it's what I heard called a "punk lullabye."
Iíd say they have something here, something entertaining and authentic. From the looks of the whole package from the music to the photos, to the website and the humorous biographies, the Bourgeois Gypsies and heading for some well-deserved notoriety. This album makes me yearn for dust, wagon wheels, and crazy old fashioned striped socks. Maybe itís the spirit of vaudeville coming through. Hope to cross paths with these troubadours a see a live show sometime. I predict an evening well spent.
Artist Website: http://www.bgypsies.com
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