Winnipeg's Wailin' Jennys are still relative folk-scene newcomers, but with a critically acclaimed debut disc and a Juno already under their belts, they're more accomplished than some veterans. The Wailin' Jennys would have had a great second record if they'd just repeated themselves, but instead they've honed their skills, grown up a bit and delivered an intelligent, dynamic and occasionally dark sophomore album. Banjo-driven opener The Devil's Paintbrush Road is extremely catchy, while Things That You Know stands up to the Dixie Chicks' most popular material. Theirs are some of the best three-part harmonies in any genre, so the Wailin' Jennys aren't just guaranteed more success in Canada; they're bound to attract left-leaning, country-lovin' U.S. liberals as well.
The Wailin' Jennys play the Mod Club tonight (Thursday, September 28).