Tres Chicas

Bloom, Red & the Ordinary Girl (Yep Roc)

SXSW Records

Tres Chicas

Bloom, Red & the Ordinary Girl (Yep Roc)

God, but this is a gorgeous album. With Bloom, Red & the Ordinary Girl, the angelic choir that is Tres Chicas descends from pure heaven. Lynn Blakey (Glory Fountain), Tonya Lamm (ex-Hazeldine), and Caitlin Cary (ex-Whiskeytown) have woven individual careers with golden vocals and silver material; their voices fuse to wrap the listener warmly with divine serenity. The North Carolina-based trio uses the traditional country harmony style, but imbue it with a folky charm and rootsy tenderness that's both compelling and romantic. Produced by the Brit team of Neil Brockbank and Robert Trehern and featuring the likes of Nick Lowe, B.J. Cole, and Austin's Bill Kirchen, Bloom, Red & the Ordinary Girl unfolds with "Drop Me Down" and never ceases to reveal its colors. The dozen songs were composed by all three, with a few well-chosen covers, including the opener, "My Love," and "If You Think That It's All Right," which are exquisite in their own right, but with Cary's "Still I Run" and "400 Flamingos," Blakey's "Sway," and their collaborative "Red," they need never drink from another's well. Tres Chicas first won hearts with their 2004 release Sweetwater, and those who were swept away in its gentle wave will be back for more. (Thursday, March 16, 10pm @ Continental Club)

***.5

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