Canadian trio the Be Good Tanyas—Frazey Ford, Samantha Parton, and Trish Kelin—combine acoustic instrumentation, other-worldly harmonies, and impressive songwriting to create a sound uni

Canadian trio the Be Good Tanyas—Frazey Ford, Samantha Parton, and Trish Kelin—combine acoustic instrumentation, other-worldly harmonies, and impressive songwriting to create a sound uniquely their own. The subtle banjo on Ford's "It's Not Happening" makes it a quavering joy, "The Junkie's Song" is starkly beautiful, and "Ship Out on the Sea" rolls and turns in intoxicating fashion. The canine tribute "Dogsong 2" is subdued and reverent, while "I Wish My Baby Was Born" teems with sadness and regret. A spooky cover of Townes Van Zandt's "Waitin' Around to Die" evokes a mood of impending doom, while the Tanyas breathe subtle life into "House of the Rising Sun." "In Spite of all the Damage" has a Neil Young-ish feel, and blues turns in "Rowdy Blues" and "Lonesome Blues" make gut-bucket pretty. For all their quietness, the Tanyas resonate with power.—RW

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