Bright Morning Stars

The Wailin' Jennys

Bright Morning Stars

January 8, 2011

Neo-Traditional Folk

Lonesome and surprisingly comforting, the group's fourth studio album, Bright Morning Stars, offers up 13 meditations on love, life, and loss that fit right in with the trio's penchant for melding traditional folk songs and sea shanties with contemporary themes. It's a quiet but powerful collection of snowbound balladry that may be too subtle and unassuming for 21st century attention spans, which is a large part of its charm.

- James Monger




March 22, 2005

Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

The electronic pioneer just released a critically-acclaimed autobiography and a 2-disc companion album of pre-Play milestones and songs that influenced his early years. What about everything after? His late '90s output may be his most iconic and recognizable, but his latter day LPs contain fantastic deep cuts. This is one such album, featuring "Lift Me Up," "Spiders," and an assortment of new wave-influenced gems that balance his electro-pop and pop-rock sides.

- Neil Z. Yeung