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(18 November 2000) The first album from Omaha, Nebraska-based
Mulberry Lane is entitled Don't Cry 'Til You Get To The Car (Refuge
Records (USA) RFGD-11906, 1998) was released almost two full years ago. Their
followup, Run Your Own Race from 1999
(review) achieved broad commercial success
and critical acclaim. The band exhibits a significant stylistic similarity
to Wilson Phillips, who unfortunatly disbanded in the mid-1990s. Clearly
Mulberry Lane are, along with The Corrs, filling the void left from this
breakup. The fact that the four Mulberry Lane band members are physically
stunning has little to do with it!
Don't Cry 'Til You Get To The Car
is comprised of eleven highly accessible pop-oriented vocal tracks. Vocal
harmonies dominate the arrangements with lead parts piercing through
appropriately. The album is certain to enthrall heavenly vocal enthusiasts.
Upbeat tracks include the everso "Hold On"-style "Harmless," and "I Don't Love
You." A certain favourite is the gently rocking Wilson Phillips style "Just
One Breath" where a lovely lead vocal is perfectly balanced with harmonies
in the choruses and superb instrumental arrangements.
Hearfelt ballads are well sung and drip with emotion. These
include "Unending Hope," "Abbie Marie" and "The Why" with their lovely
vocal harmonies, and the sensually sung Corrs style "Would You Know Her?"
Three live tracks include the almost-Gospel tune "Jerimiah," the tender
"Just Another Friday" acoustic ballad and the acoustic harmony "The Tree
Song." The album closes with "Carnival Lights," a country style ballad
track with lead vocals and lovely harmonies certain to appeal to a broad
Mulberry Lane's debut album is a wonderful introduction to this
stunning four woman band. Stylistically similar to both Wilson Phillips and
The Corrs, this one is certain to appeal to fans of either or both. You can
read further reviews, hear soundbites and order Don't Cry 'Til You Get To
The Car" from amazon.com
here. Certainly worth further exploration, this lovely debut is worth
a journey—a very nice listen indeed!