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(18 November 2000) The first album from Omaha, Nebraska-basedMulberry Lane is entitled Don't Cry 'Til You Get To The Car (RefugeRecords (USA) RFGD-11906, 1998) was released almost two full years ago. Theirfollowup, 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. ClearlyMulberry Lane are, along with The Corrs, filling the void left from thisbreakup. 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. Vocalharmonies dominate the arrangements with lead parts piercing throughappropriately. The album is certain to enthrall heavenly vocal enthusiasts.Upbeat tracks include the everso "Hold On"-style "Harmless," and "I Don't LoveYou." A certain favourite is the gently rocking Wilson Phillips style "Just One Breath" where a lovely lead vocal is perfectly balanced with harmoniesin the choruses and superb instrumental arrangements.

Hearfelt ballads are well sung and drip with emotion. Theseinclude "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 balladtrack with lead vocals and lovely harmonies certain to appeal to a broadaudience.

Mulberry Lane's debut album is a wonderful introduction to thisstunning four woman band. Stylistically similar to both Wilson Phillips andThe Corrs, this one is certain to appeal to fans of either or both. You canread further reviews, hear soundbites and order Don't Cry 'Til You Get ToThe Car" from amazon.comhere. Certainly worth further exploration, this lovely debut is wortha journey—a very nice listen indeed!

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