Wiggins Sisters

Minnesota

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This disc shows an exceedingly dynamic pair of singing sisters with the potential to go to the farthest reaches of the folk-pop world. It's hard to even limit them to that niche because Wiggins Sisters have that type of magic that can transcend all barriers when they click. The disc opens with an exceedingly strong version of Jimmy LaFave's "Desperate Men," to which he lends his voice for supporting vocals. They do a wonderfully heartfelt version of this tune that contains all the sincerity the song needs to put it across. This is one of the two covers on the disc; all the rest are penned by one or the other of the Sisters. The Wiggins Sisters do write good songs as witnessed by their penning of five songs each on this disc. They evidently write alone as there are no joint credits. They vary in style from the rocker "The Boys From New Jersey" to the soft styling of "Saturday Afternoons" to the ominous toned talking blues of "Killing American Soul" to the very lilting rhythms of "Ireland." One thing they did to really enhance the disc was have Lloyd Maines do the producing. He is so busy, both as a producer and a side man, that he must have really thought the world of them because he is in a position to pick and choose his projects. He brings such savvy to the control board with him that it would be hard to go wrong if his expertise was heeded. The Sisters and Lloyd also garnered the respect of some fine studio musicians who lent their licks to the disc also -- people such as John Inmon, Paul Pearcy, and Darcy Deaville, to mention but a few. The musicianship and the arrangements on this disc are excellent. The songs are for the most part strong and spin of familiar good times and emotions with some interesting takes on the experiences. This is a very good disc that carries in it some elements that bode well for the future of this duo.

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