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Album Review

Listening to an earlier Waifs album like 2003's Up All Night, it was easy to detect lots of talent but hard to separate it from other vocal groups that focused on tight, smooth harmony. Like a contemporary version of Peter, Paul & Mary, it was an approach that seemed more likely to attract the uninitiated to folk music than hardened fans who preferred the authenticity of rougher edges. If one gains the impression that the title, Sundirtwater, suggests a new, more basic approach to roots music, then he or she has followed the Waifs' line of thinking. Here, the band has pulled off a neat trick, both beefing up its sound (electric guitar) and keeping things looser (less tight harmony). This nice combination, topped by (mostly) Donna Simpson and Vikki Thorn's lead vocals and by (mostly) Josh Cunningham songs, delivers tracks that never lose their soul from being overly polished. Listening to cuts like "Pony" and "Get Me Some," the band sounds as though it's found a natural groove, somewhere between country, folk, and soul. The Waifs, by loosening the reins, have expressed a great deal of confidence in each member's individual abilities on Sundirtwater, and ironically have become a stronger unit for it. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

5 stars aint enough

easily their best album for the last couple of years. The waifs continue to refine and improve. Well done Donna Vicki and Josh. Can't wait for the tour..... Great to see you kicking it off in your old home town. These guys have always remembered their roots and have remained true to their... sorry had to stop myself, started sounding like Marcia Hines.

Fantastic

Wow what a great album. Great to hear some fresh new tunes and as always they tell a story that makes you feel as though you are a part of the journey the Waifs continue on. I recommend to anyone if you get the chance to see The Waifs live and I guarantee you will become a life long fan.

Not the Waifs I know.....

Think carefully about buying this album. If you are a Waifs nut you're probably going to grow used to it. I thought it was really sombre and almost depressing. You wont find too many folkesy, upbeat songs which were so brilliant in their previous albums. I feel a bit duped - I think being in a studio has had an adverse affect for me.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Albany, Australia

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Originally performing Bob Dylan covers in and around bars in their native Australia, the sister duo of Vicki and Donna Simpson were known as COLOURS. Formed in 1992 and touring constantly in their homeland, the pair hooked up with Josh Cunningham during a stop in August 1992. A year later, they changed their name to the WAiFS. From there, the group released a cassette of original material but decided to head for Melbourne, the mecca of Australian music. A loyal following and hectic touring pace resulted...
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