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It’s been more than 10 years between albums featuring all three Roche sisters, and that’s about 9-1/2 years too long. The evocatively titled Moonswept ditches the synth-heavy sound of some of their 80s work in favor of multiple acoustic guitars that blend as beautifully as the sisters’ voices. For a change, most of the instruments are played by the Roches themselves, who also penned all but two of the songs (the novelty-ish “No Shoes” and “Jesus Shaves,” written by the also evocatively titled Paranoid Larry). This time around, the sisters’ goofy, anarchic wit comes paired with a bittersweet sense of redemption. A passing reference to 9/11 on the gorgeously Zen love song “Only You Know How” (“Did you ever take a walk to the edge of town / Back before the airplanes came and took the buildings down”) becomes the moving “September 11 at the Shambhala Center,” showcasing Terre in lovely voice. In addition to boasting some very witty lyrics about late-life love (“I’d like you to think of me as somebody you’d put your teeth in for”), the loungey, samba-flavored “Piggy Mask” somehow also manages to become a metaphor for George Bush’s America. Unlikely, but like the rest of this album, true. Crackling with energy and drive, Moonswept ranks with the very best of the Roches’s work.

Customer Reviews

Everything you could hope for.

Time lapses between albums for many musicians and one can't help but wonder if the music should pick up where it left of or improve during the time away? Afterall, life doesn't stop in between albums. When a band (yes a band) as beloved and respected as The Roches comes back it certainly merits suspense. Becareful with superlatives, (you might really need them someday), but this album catapults all the time and space lapsed. In 1979, The Roches arrived with The NY Times Album of the Year. They ignited The Village music scene, they delivered harmonies up there with The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Four Seasons, and they gave us a new twist to watching life from different angles. The world has changed since then, the angles are different and The Roches have exceeded my expectations. Someone will say this is their best album, someone more qualified than me.

An amazing sister act

With 30 plus years of experience need I say more!? Maggie,Terre and Suzzy Roche not only have that natural biological blend of voices but all are amazing songwriters, performers with infamous harmonies. I believe Moonswept is one of their best yet! They sound like THE ROCHES! Also, if you get a chance to see them perform it! Get this one, you won't be dissapointed. ~Peace Doreen


I just got it today and I've already listened twice. This is a great album and it's so wonderful to hear all three sisters together again. If you're a fan, you're going to love it like their early albums. If you're new to the Roches get ready for something wonderful.


Formed: 1978 in New York, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '10s

Noted for their lush harmonies, quirky songs, and impressive stylistic range, the three Roche sisters -- Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy -- were among contemporary folk music's most endearing artists. The Roches began singing together while growing up in New York during the late '50s and early '60s, taking to the streets of the city each holiday season to regale passersby with Christmas carols. At the end of the decade both Maggie (the oldest) and Terre (the middle daughter) quit school to begin touring...
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