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Classic Album Review: The Wailin’ Jennys | 40 Days

The vocal trio weave gorgeous harmonic tapestries on their winning debut album.

This came out in 2004 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


WHERE YOU’LL FIND THEM: Living in harmony.

FILE UNDER: Women on the verge.

LOWDOWN: Sometimes, good things really do come in threes. Look no further than singers Cara Luft, Nicky Mahta and Ruth Moody, who make beautiful music together on 40 Days, the winning debut album from their folk-pop outfit The Wailin’ Jennys. Harmonizing with a soothing grace that belies their name, this trio of grievous angels weave gorgeous harmonic tapestries that elegantly decorate these original tracks of sun-dappled roots-pop, blues and Celtic-tinged folk. Plus they acquit themselves admirably on candlelit covers of Neil Young’s Old Man and John Hiatt’s Take It Down.