There's a curious sense of calm seeping through the Be Good Tanyas' latest effort, a change in tone from their last disc, Chinatown. Whether that inner peace stems from Frazey Ford's motherhood, the knowledge that the Tanyas are wrapping up their contract or simply the sense that it's okay to apply their newgrass fusion aesthetic to the pop songs they grew up on, it works. The covers here are hit-and-miss - Ford's marble-mouthed wail doesn't fit around the creaky syllables of Neil Young's For The Turnstiles, but Sam Parton's run at Sean Hayes's fragile A Thousand Tiny Pieces is magnificent, and the hidden track (Ford breaking down When Doves Cry) is worth waiting for. The trio have also grown more comfortable singing the blues and incorporating meatier harmonica and guitar arrangements, and lurching tracks like Out Of The Wilderness and A Little Blues make up for weaker soft rock ballads that leave little impression.
The BGTs saddle up at the Danforth Music Hall Friday (October 27).