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Album Review

Ambitious concept albums can, in some cases, become too ambitious for their own good. But this self-titled release by the East Coast folk-rock/adult alternative group Girls in Trouble is a perfect example of a concept album that, for all its ambition and intrigue, is fairly accessible and not difficult to absorb. The concept that singer/songwriter Alicia Jo Rabins (founder/leader of Girls in Trouble) had in mind for this 2009 release was an album of songs about women in the Bible. Rabins herself is Jewish, and she spent two years studying the Bible and other Jewish literature in the ancient city of Jerusalem. But Rabins (who wrote or co-wrote all of the material and is heard on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin, and viola) didn't create an album that only Jewish scholars will be able to get into — not at all. Rabins sees to it that the material is not only intriguing lyrically, but also, very easy to enjoy on a melodic/harmonic level. So even if one doesn't know a lot about Judaism - -even if one has never read the Old Testament — organic-sounding tracks such as "A Lion at Rest," "Marble Floor," and "I Was a Desert" are very easy for folk-rock and adult alternative enthusiasts to enjoy. Sure, a listener who is intrigued by Rabins' lyrics might be inspired to do some digging and find out more about the ancient Biblical women she is describing. But it is Rabins' expressive vocals and her appealing sense of melody and harmony that make the material as addictive as it is. Her intriguing lyrics are an added bonus on this thoughtful effort.

Customer Reviews

Folk Magic

As a big fan of artists like Joanna Newsom, this was a great fit for my collection: melodic, smart, metered and daring. I would highly suggest for any freak or alt folk fans...

Can't stop playing this abum

I'm so happy to recommend this's just a slam dunk from start to finish. Whether you approach it as a fan of great vocals and instrumentation, or as a song cycle about undernoticed women in the Bible, or as an evolution of Alicia Jo Rabins amazing (and still too secret) really won't be disappointed. It has a really sweet and intimate sound that works well over headphones but also, you'll want to play some tracks (like #2, Secrets) really loud.

I think track 6 (Mountain) is my favorite although it's hard to say...there's so much to love here. I bet you play this one over and over.

Surprising and wonderful

Alicia Jo Rabins' voice is at once affecting and detached - I love it! I had no idea this album was a song cycle about the women of the bible (!) - on first listen it just sounds like any other slice of sublime, amazingly nuanced folk rock... but without the affectation that plagues that genre. Accomplishes the perfect balance of instant accessibility and rewarding depth that all my most favorite albums have achieved.

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