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Album Review

The debut album from Australia's the Waifs is a more than adequate stab at troubadour folk and acoustic pop. "Gillian," with a similar structure and tone to Texas legend Townes Van Zandt, exemplifies how basic harmonies and deft lyrics can put a smile on many faces. Donna Simpson and her lush voice on "Sunflower Man" are stellar, particularly with the addition of harmonica and mandola. In some instances, the band is guilty of what can be termed funk folk, a style all too often used with little to no benefit on a tune such as "Jealousy." A few styles are dabbled in, with positive end results. "Crazy Train" is similar to Jimmie Rodgers, while the quirky yet amusing "Billy Jones" has few flaws. There is also a rawness and moodiness, but the band obviously doesn't take themselves too seriously, if "Waif Song" is any indication. An extremely engaging and entertaining affair.


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 Vikki 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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