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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 18:44

The Lynnes

Written by Tom Murray
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Heartbreak Song for the Radio (Independent )

It’s two Lynnes, two Lynnes in one as dual singer/songwriters Lynne Hanson and Lynn Miles throw together for an enjoyable set of efficient country-rock tunes. There’s a pop sensibility at work here as well, one that lifts tracks such as Cold Front and Blue Tattoo up above the competition, near-radio candy that hums with professional ease.

It’s very evident that both Miles and Hanson could flip over to AOR or hot country, but they seem intent on another kind of alchemical reaction, one that allows for something just a little grittier.

Stylistically, they fit into any number of spots; you could hear Blue Rodeo wrapping their tongues around Cost So Much, while Dark Waltz has sparkly hints of Mary Gauthier in its exoskeleton. Satisfying throughout; aside from the title track, where hearts are laid bare, they settle into a mid-tempo groove that suits them perfectly.

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