The Waifs

Up All Night

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Up All Night by Australian folk-pop group the Waifs is a sort of overly sensitive lite-folk fare, though it is not without its charm. The music is well played enough, with nice harmonies from sisters Vikki and Donna Simpson, though they suffer from a close-mic'ed breathiness that gets annoying after a while. The acoustic guitars are mixed with a bright shine, and there is almost no mystery, nor urgency, nor much character, left afterwards. The same might be said for many of the lyrics, which are mired in clumsily obvious imagery and cliché. A few standout songs include the disc's opener, "Fisherman's Daughter," and one of the disc's several obligatory road songs, "London Still."

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