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Editors’ Notes

A brainier version of Nashville-style country-pop? Or perhaps a catchier, more lighthearted take on modern folk? Whatever pigeonhole fits (or doesn’t), this Canadian duo delivers a batch of tunefully intelligent numbers on Best Day. Singer/songwriters Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther have a gift for framing their lyric vignettes in hook-laden melodies fleshed out with supple acoustic guitar work and seamless harmonies. Relationships are a recurring topic here, captured with fragile optimism on “I’m Not Alone” and tender nostalgia on “First Love.” “Lennon and McCartney”—a wryly affectionate sketch of a finicky boyfriend—is a particular high point. Even better are “Peggy” and “Father,” a pair of exquisitely drawn family portraits. The literary ruminations of “Virginia Woolf” are balanced with the storytelling flair of “Life on Earth” and the jazzy hijinks of “Too Many Kittens.” Michael Roth’s production dresses up the tracks with spare use of keyboards, percussion, and strings. Throughout, Dala accomplishes the neat trick of making music that’s both smart and engaging, blending Indigo Girls–like earnestness with Jewel Kircher’s pop instincts.

Customer Reviews

Best Day

The harmonies, the production value, and yet the simplicity all in one. This album makes you feel like it's summer time, and you're going through big, exciting changes!!! Way to go Dala!

Dala inspires me.

I'm wearing one of my *signed* Dala t-shirts listening to their beautiful new album. They have always been amazing and some how they keep getting better. What a lovely record. Still Life gives me chills. :)

Another great one

These girls are truly gifted. As good as this album is and as good as the others have been, they just don't quite capture the jaw-droppingly stunning vocals that Amanda and Sheila routinely display on stage. Go and see them live if you want to have your socks blown completely off. Unlike so many acts, it's not studio trickery that makes this album sound so good. It's them. They're the real deal. As for the album: It's rich with tingling harmonies, infectious melodies and deep, thirsty gulps of acoustic guitar chords. These ladies are poets. Their lyrics are evocative and provocative. Most importantly, they're hopeful. I dig that.

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