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Having already made a few records in the early '70s, Roche sisters Maggie and Terre — along with younger sibling Suzzy — resumed recording as the Roches in 1979. The group's mischievous and highly original folk blend of barbershop, doo wop, Celtic, and bluegrass styles found its watermark with this eponymous debut, which features the pithy, tongue-in-cheek lyrics of Maggie and Terre. Aided by bassist Tony Levin and guitarist Robert Fripp — who also produced — the trio ranges from the wry resume-in-song opener "We" to the impressionistically feminist closer "Pretty and High." In between, there's talk of family, work, boyfriends, travel, and married men, all enveloped in a mix of airy acoustic guitars, limber harmonies, and rotating vocal leads. Highlights include "The Train," "Hammond," and "The Troubles."

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Gorgeous and Goofy

That about sums up this minor classic of American folk, released orginally on vinyl sometime in the late 70s. The three sisters make the most of their idiosyncratic take of life with songs both weird and achingly moving. Even when about the most mundane of daily events, like riding a train or summer jobs. The harmonies are out of this world.

Biography

Formed: 1978 in New York, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

Noted for their lush harmonies, quirky songs, and impressive stylistic range, the three Roche sisters — Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy — were among contemporary folk music's most endearing artists. The Roches began singing together while growing up in New York during the late '50s and early '60s, taking to the streets of the city each holiday season to regale passersby with Christmas carols. At the end of the decade both Maggie (the oldest) and Terre (the middle daughter) quit school to begin...
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