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Shelter Me

The Waifs

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Using a patchwork musical quilt of folk and acoustic pop arrangements, the Waifs sound almost complete in a large number of songs. Although Josh Cunningham produces a majority of the songwriting, songs such as "People Who Think They Can" and the lively "Shelter Me" evoke images of a feminized Crowded House thanks to the Simpson sisters, Vikki and Donna. Structured in a cozy, country-like frame of harmonies and acoustic guitars, most of the album works all too well. A few songs, including the soulful "Time to Part," seem a bit askew from the others, but aren't annoying to the senses. An album's best is sometimes saved for the last, and this is no exception, as the introspective "Spotlight" demonstrates the strengths of this trio perfectly. "Attention" and a hidden track, a live jazz version of "Billy Jones," are also high points. The pop effort seems to work slightly better than the soul or jazz efforts, but it's a case of splitting very fine hairs for a promising act from down under.

Biography

Formed: 1992 in Australia

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

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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