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With little time to spare, the third time for this West Australian trio is the charmer. Maximizing the talents of each crafty songwriter, the Simpson sisters lead close to all of the songs within, including the aptly worded and grin-inducing "The Haircut," a song about personal interior and exterior imperfections. Abstaining from traditional folk for a more rural, quasi-country sound, the band rarely misses the mark, although "Love Serenade" is just satisfactory. There are a few brief, shining pop moments, but equally lovable are the slow country hues of "Service Fee." The greatest asset is how songs such as "A Brief History..." and "The Waitress" work due to the mini-biographies within each, complete with banjo and mandolin. The sweet harmonies between Vikki Simpson and Donna Simpson on "Taken" is another highlight. If there is one knock that could be used against them, it's the simple fact there isn't more here than could be. If the title is related to their career path, "swim" is the operative word.


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 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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