The Henningsens - America Beautiful (EP)
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America Beautiful (EP) (Sony, 2013)

The Henningsens

Reviewed by Jeffrey B. Remz

You'd think The Henningsens would be rivals to The Band Perry. After all, both tread on the same territory - family bands with a female taking care of lead vocals (Clara Henningsens and Kimberly Perry). But one suspects that there's no rivalry because The Henningsens, in fact, wrote three songs on TBP's debut, including the hits You Lie and All Your Life. Henningsen has a warmer, more tender voice than the grittier Perry, whose range is more limited.

This four-song EP may be from The Henningsens, but it's not all that hard to imagine TBP recording the same batch of catchy, radio friendly songs. Heavy duty country, this is not by any stretch. Instead, the Illinois natives opt for more of the smooth sounds that we get from similar bands. There's acoustic guitar and mandolin sonically sprinkled in here and there, but the songs tend to be more pop than country with a rock edge (The Color Red, which is the most country sounding of the songs).

The Henningsens may opine that "We are a little unusual" in the rocking, guitar friendly single America Beautiful, but based on these four songs, there's not a whole lot here that makes those words a truism. Maybe ask The Band Perry.

CDs by The Henningsens

America Beautiful (EP), 2013

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