Friday, August 17, 2007

Review - The FATES - Slam

SLAM
The Fates
Independent
9-out-of-10
The Fates are an all female trio based out of Alberta who rely on tight harmonies and a melodic sound to create music that is in the soft-pop/folk vein. The trio includes Jen Allen, Lin Elder and Lori Reid. As you listen to Slam you will note each of the trio take the lead at times, allowing their individual talents to shine.
Slam is the trio's second recording, following their debut effort 'Till We Have Faces, which I also completely enjoyed. It was an effort which showed these ladies could go places musically.
With Slam they have chosen to go with a live recording, although at times you tend to forget that because there aren't a lot of places here where they noticeably go beyond what the song would have been had it been recorded in the studio. That said, don't fret that, cause it still works.
There is a minimalistic approach to the instrumentation here. The Fates instead rely on their harmonies to carry songs musically, and that is a good choice on their part.
When it comes to selecting the best cuts here, Farmer has a truthful ring for someone who grew up on the farm.
However, I'll go with The Eagle as the best cut. You really get to hear the full strength of their voices here. Truly sweet.
Heal Me has a sound that will take you back a decade, or two in sound, but The Fates make this one work too.
The Fates are definitely worth checking out for their harmonies, strong lyrics and simply orchestrated sound. They can be found at www.thefates.ca
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Reviews first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Aug. 8, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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