Lava Hay

Lavahay

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An overlooked female vocal duo that is influenced by 1960s folk-pop-rock and, to a lesser degree, country, Lavahay showed some potential on this obscure CD. Favoring a waifish, low-key style of singing, Michelle Gould and Suzanne Little don't have great ranges by any stretch of the imagination. But the album shows that one doesn't have to have a magnificent voice in order to be expressive, and the two singers/acoustic guitarists do get their points across on such memorable jangly-guitar offerings as "Weeping Willow," "My Friend" and "Hold On." Lavahay's writing is above average, and their use of Byrds-influenced harmonies is consistently appealing. It's just a shame that this album didn't receive more attention.

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