T-Bone Burnett has produced albums from greats like Elvis Costello and B.B. King, so albums with his name on the back cover credits have a reputation to uphold. The debut album from The Secret Sisters certainly delivers. Made up of sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers, the women display gorgeous harmonies and a sunny flair that keeps their old school covers feeling fresh and young.
The album has two original songs and otherwise features nine covers by artists such as Hank Williams and Buck Owens. Even though these are big names to live up to, the Sisters hold their own. Their songs sound refreshingly free of overproduction, making this an album a treat for those who love music centered on vocals. I've Got A Feeling is the biggest standout.
The only complaint is that the album plays it a little too safe. While the covers are great, the two tracks written by the Sisters (Tennessee Me and Waste the Day) are very worthwhile, mixing in just the right amount of catchiness without too much saccharine. Since they have demonstrated at least some songwriting talent, it would behoove them to keep at it. As fun as the retro aesthetic is, there is still a need for great new music, and the Sisters may be able to pull that off.