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Album Review

Set up to run like a stage play (hence the title and concept), the family Nields craft an ethereal blend of folk and highbrow lyrics in this folksy song cycle. The songs themselves deal with relationships unfulfilled and pulls in figures from Georgia O'Keefe to Woody Guthrie into the playlet. The Nields' singing is warm and centered around Nerissa and Katryna with the former contributing most of the original material on here. There's a sense of literary high-mindedness at work throughout this album that lifts the material to another level, and despite the sing-songiness of several of the songs aboard ("Snowman," "Easy People," "Last Kisses," "Friday at the Circle K," "Jennifer Falling Down"), there are some deliciously dark moments in the lyrics that makes this a cut above your usual folkie rant album.


Formed: 1991

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The Nields are one of the most exciting of the new breed of contemporary folk-rockers. A review of a Nields concert described their music as "equal parts Beatles, Cranberries and Joni Mitchell." Although they began as an acoustic trio in 1991, the Nields have evolved into a high-energy quintet. While Nerissa Nields' songs, sung by her sister, Katryna, successfully fuse intelligent lyrics with heartfelt sensitivity, arrangements are kept at a feverish pitch by the Pete Townshend- and Adrian Belew-influenced...
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