Court Yard Hounds - Court Yard Hounds

2010-06-22 14:01
Court Yard Hounds
Although sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison are trying to prove that outspoken Natalie wasn't the only reason their former band was so popular, making an album like this just proves the opposite. Emily attempts to fill the void left by Natalie's big voice, but it's a rather lacklustre offering.

Is it even country? Not really. Think adult contemporary pop with some harmonicas and twangy banjoes ("It Didn't Make A Sound") here and there. Like we need more of that.

"See You In The Spring" featuring Jakob Dylan is sufficiently melancholic and melodic to make a good country croon, while "I Miss You" is the laziest of these average tracks with "been-there, done-that" lyrics and arrangements.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what's wrong with the album, but it's even harder to find anything remarkable about it. Sometimes you're the lead singer, sometimes you're the back-up. Don't try to be what you're not. The musicianship and use of instruments is superb, but it'll never be the Dixie Chicks.

I'm hoping the Chicks get back together soon and that these two realise they're not the same without their sister from another mister.

The Dixie Chicks minus Natalie Maines is like a cake without the icing. No fun.

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