Red Roots - Triplicity

Published Monday 11th August 2014
Red Roots - Triplicity
Red Roots - Triplicity

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 149280-21696
LABEL: Red Hen
RELEASE DATE: 2014-01-07

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

I've read two reviews of this, the third album by the three sisters from Wade, Mississippi. One review, written by something of a country, bluegrass and Southern gospel purist, lambasted 'Triplicity', suggesting that it was "teen pop" and a sell-out of Nika, Natalie and Nicole Taylor's musical roots. The other review was from a writer who admitted he didn't normally listen to country music who suggested it will be enjoyed "by listeners who love the Southern gospel genre and artists like Third Day and Carrie Underwood." Such journalistic divergence demonstrates that reviewers are prone to bringing their cultural preconceptions and blindspots into the reviewing process. But the remarks also show that the trio have moved a considerable distance from the bluegrass-tinged sounds of their self-titled 2011 debut to a more CCM-cum-modern-country approach. The girls' plaintive harmonies are, thankfully, still in place while there are some strong melodies and inspirational lyrics. "Great Big Yes" is the kind of song that might pick up airplay on US CCM radio; the slow "Come Around" is a song thanking the Lord for showing up in people's lives; "Seven Days" is a bold declaration of creationist belief; and "If I Could" is a sombre musical tale of a friend of Red Roots who abandons her faith for the world's enticements. All in all, this could well be the album that broadens the trio's fanbase.

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