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von Grey, Awakening (VG Records)




von Grey, Awakening (VG Records)
Cd Reviews February 27, 2014

02/27/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 Second EP from the four unsigned Atlanta sisters, whose novelty folk-alt act has been flirting with the big leagues for a while now, what with appearances on Letterman, Conan and tour slots with Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, et al. Producer Rick Beato (Needtobreathe, Shinedown, others) has polished these six tunes to just about as good a shine as they could get, not that that’s unarguably deserved. The songs are Taylor Swift-ish for the most part, almost Wilson Phillips-like in their innocuous clean-teen attitude, all of which would have warranted merciless critical beatdowns in any other decade besides this one. Obviously there’s either serious star-grooming going on here or their parents’ 401k’s are getting hammered, so it doesn’t matter how loudly anyone barfs over this stuff — it’s either preordained or running out of money, easy-peezy.  The girls can play Mumford instruments like violins, mandolins and banjos, and that’s great but not really necessary to this equation. Case in point: “Deliverance” starts off with some talent-competition a capella singing, then some disposable girl-emo, then a pan-ren-fair bit where all the throwback instruments tumble over each other impressively but without any real statement being made. I’d certainly recommend it for kids who think Taylor Swift is Beethoven, I suppose. They’ll be at the Middle East in Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, March 29, opening for Ron Pope. B- — Eric W. Saeger






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