Travel back with me, dear reader, to the flapper era, next to the post-war 40s, and then sit for a while so we can just unlax, let our hair down, smile, and do a little be-boppy waltz through tulips and roses. The Good Lovelies are imbued with that sort of festive vibe and are not about to let it remain solely in their hearts and minds, instead, with Let the Rain Fall, determined to shower it all about, bringing a larking, skipping, devil may care spirit to a world that is oh so much in need of it. The three lovelies in question—Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough, and Sue Passmore—are a mixture of Andrews sisters, Dan Hicks' Hot Lickettes, Manhattan Transfer, and any number of highly melodious chorale and feel-good practitioners.
They also play their instruments handsomely and, in concert, even trade them back and forth twixt one another along with warm witty banter. You won't get the between-song talk here but will receive a really well recorded baker's dozen of aural confection. A trace of the more wistful side of happiness also slips in, as in Best I Know, a truly beautiful track, one that will tug at you beneath past memories and present gratitudes. The basic groove, though, is Andrews Sisters via Americana, a meld effortlessly crafted all through Rain. You've seen Bette Midler do this, and Maria Muldaur, among many other way cool chanteuses, and, c'mon, ya know ya luvvit! Do the Lindy, step a lilting square dance, or just sit down and grin delightedly, head bopping and seat dancing to the roster of upbeat happy-face-inducing tunes...sometimes even laced with a bit of naughtiness, where the three individually invite you to "Kiss me in the kitchen, take me to bed / There's lots to do but I would have you instead". Yow! And have ya ever noticed what a little minx Betty Crocker was?
Edited by: David N. Pyles
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