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Spunk Records (2011) 
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  January 17, 2012
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Singer-songwriters forming supergroups is always risky; for every Crosby, Stills & Nash there are twice as many disjointed Droge, Sweet, & Mullins (better known as the Thorns). So when fellow Australians Sarah Blasko, Holly Throsby, and Sally Seltmann — the latter of whom co-wrote Feist's "1234" — convened last year and dropped this after only 10 days in the studio, it was surprising how well they gelled. Blasko, reminiscent of Lisa Hannigan at times but less abstract, sings lead vocal on half of the dozen tracks, but this is unquestionably a collaboration. Each takes turns writing songs for the others, and the harmonies among all three are beautiful (see "Every Time"). Throsby shines on "Even Though I'm a Woman," with its Seltmann-penned, road-weary-lover lyrics including the line, "I think I'm in love with missing you/More than I'm in love with you." The majority of the songs aren't much more than bare bones, with sparse piano and spacious, airy guitars, but it's the way the women work together so naturally that promises more than a one-off experiment. In any case, it's already defied the odds of historically bad alliances in the genre.
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