Daniel, Fred & Julie

(You’ve Changed)


Rating: NNN


If you’re going to record an album of old folk songs, you might as well go whole hog and record it as old-school as possible. Set up a tape machine in a garage on a sunny afternoon, stick a mic on the floor, gather round with acoustic guitars and sing. No overdubs allowed.

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That’s what Daniel Romano of Attack in Black, Fred Squire of Calm Down, It’s Monday and Julie Doiron did over a few days last summer, and it worked out beautifully, highlighting the trio’s arrangement and three-part-harmony abilities as well as Squire and Romano’s deft guitar playing.

The close harmonies – particularly Doiron’s untamed, reedy soprano – on Hallelujah, I’m A Bum evoke the Carter Family, while Romano’s two powerful originals prove that the trio need not depend so heavily on public-domain tunes next time around.

Top track: Hallelujah, I’m A Bum

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