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Classic Album Review: The Waifs | Sink or Swim

The Aussie trio are crowd-pleasing and thought-provoking on this third album.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


This Aussie trio seem tailor-made for the folk-festival circuit.

Led by sister singer-songwriters Donna and Vikki Simpson, The Waifs strike a perfect balance between crowd-pleasing and thought-provoking on this third independently released album. Their songs are jangly and strummy, rootsy and jazzy, loaded with catchy melodies, campfire harmonies and hooky choruses — but they still come carrying enough depth and sincerity to keep from venturing into novelty-tune land. Case in point: The Haircut, a song about a dye job that seems innocent enough until you get to the lines, “I’m darker underneath, darker by far / I’m dark as hell, you know who you are.” So maybe they shouldn’t be on the folk-fest daytime stage.