The Burns Sisters - In This World

Sunday 1st June 1997
The Burns Sisters - In This World

STYLE: Country
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Philo 1198

Reviewed by Tony May

Until this release the trio's music nestled firmly in the contemporary folk category. This time however, they have recorded in Nashville, with Gary Tallent, Springsteen's former bass man as producer. Still that lovely harmony singing much in evidence, with strong lead vocals but with plush country instrumentation of dobro, pedal steel, fiddle, slide guitar, etc. The songs, written or co-written by the sisters except Hazel Dickens' "Working Girl Blues" cover themes of faith, timeless values and worthwhile relationships. "Dance Upon This Earth" is described as "a call to faith". "I remember from my childhood/Words my mother gave to me/She said Jesus died for all us sinners/You gotta suffer in this world/To find eternity/I'm gonna dance upon this earth/I'm gonna find joy somehow in all this madness/I'm gonna be the one that you see/Living here, now, feeling free." Set to a pretty tune, the best new song I've heard for ages. "My Father's Blue Eyes" is a beautifully tender, reflective song and the acappella "No More Silence" comes on strong like something from Sweet Honey In The Rock. Fine session from this talented family group.

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