This second effort by these three mesmerizing women is a masterpiece of Victorian silk and lace, hide and seek, filled with willful wordplay and seductive harmonies. There is almost the feeling as you are laying back and listening that a spell has been cast upon you and you are transported to other softer more gently and sensual realms. Sometymes Why is comprised of Ruth Ungar Merenda, founding member of the indie stringband The Mammals; Aoife O'Donovan, of alternative bluegrass group Crooked Still; and Kristin Andreassen, of the stringband Uncle Earl. These ladies are all respected leaders of their bands and are all accomplished singers and multi-instrumentalists; Ruthie—guitar, floor tom, fiddle, drums, acoustic and electric guitars, ukulele, piano, egg beater, and pan flute; Aoife—Wurlitzer, electric and acoustic guitars, Hammond B-3, glockenspiel, harmonica, baritone ukulele, and recorder; Kristin—tambourine, high hat, snare, glockenspiel, electric and acoustic guitars, Rhodes, harmonica, Wurlitzer, piano and toy piano. The only other person on the disc is Michael Merenda, Ruthie's husband, who plays tambourine and boingy toy thingy. Nine of the songs they chose for this disc were written by one of the members of the group, each wrote three songs, and the tenth song was, Joey, written by Johnette Napolitano.
That these are three very astute modern women, who are self aware, and nimble of mind, and playful, any doubts listen to the first song Aphrodisiaholic, which tells of a woman having her way, with the man she is taking home. The woman who wrote each song sings the lead, except on Joey, where all three trade vocals, and it is the beautiful blended vocal harmonies that add so much. This is a collective that genuinely enjoys the company of the others and knows that it is to their benefit that they continue to make music together. One of the most beautiful, sensual, and at times passionate discs to grace the player in a long time, don't let this one slip by.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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