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Chapin Sisters, Today’s Not Yesterday (Lake Bottom Records)




Chapin Sisters, Today’s Not Yesterday (Lake Bottom Records)
CD Reviews: November 4, 2015

11/05/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Chapin Sisters, Today’s Not Yesterday (Lake Bottom Records) 

These privileged Brooklyn girls (their dad is Tom Chapin and their uncle was the Harry of “Cat’s in the Cradle” fame) are back to their easy-listening quirk-cowpunk-folk formula after their curious all-covers A Date With the Everly Brothers album of 2013. Their initially nondescript songs can be growers, such as this album’s “Chasing the Rain,” comprised of familiar hook lines that have been sewn together from old pop tunes you know you’ve heard somewhere; it’s the same sort of songwriting ability KT Tunstall used to have, though intended for country-fied hipsters. The Napoleon Dynamite-style organ on “Child” is particularly annoying if you’re not a big fan of wimp-rock, while “Trees Fall Around” sounds like an abandoned Lady Antebellum outtake until the hooky ending comes in to salvage it. Fans of Indigo Girls and Nanci Griffith alike will find plenty to like about this stuff.





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