It is a beautiful thing to hear lovely ladies sing together, so it is a pleasure to hear Winnipeg based folk/ pop trio Sweet Alibi’s new CD “ Walking in The Dark.”
While I remember them as more of a folk trio, they show their pop side on their third CD.
They remind me of The Indigo Girls in places and Serena Ryder before she went pop in other places with just a touch of the Supremes and just a little bit of Taylor Swift.
The multi-instrumentalist trio Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Quesnel and Michelle Anderson along with bassist Alasdair Dunlop, keyboardist Alex Campbell and drummer Emmett Van Etten provide 10 slices of purely beautiful pop and folk music with plenty of gorgeous vocal harmonies and catchy lyrical and musical hooks that just make you want to listen to the CD over and over again.
They drag the listener into their music from the first track “ Keep Showing You” and keep the listener listening intently on the gripping “One Chance.” After three songs, their stunning vocal harmonies will have you falling in love with them.
All three all have their individual voices, which you can hear on each song, but meld perfectly when they sing together.
Juno award winning producer Murray Pulver (Crash Test Dummies/ Doc Walker) bring out the best in the ladies.
The result is simultaneously heartfelt, impassioned and pop filled.
“ Walking In the Dark“ is dedicated to Quesnel’s mother Becky who passed away from pancreatic cancer a year ago, which released a lot of strong emotions, which the trio share with their listeners especially on tracks like “Dark Train” which showcase’s the trio’s haunting harmonies. Overall the CD has a pretty optimistic feel especially on tracks like “Move to the Country” which has a beautiful vocal hook.
They share that and other serious emotions throughout the CD exploring issues of sobriety on some track and parental relationships like “Daddy.”
But in addition to darker, more mournful fare, there are also a lot of more upbeat, yet introspective material. Like the bright and catchy look into the past of my favourite “Pick Up Truck,” which ends the CD with an ear worm of an arpeggiated guitar hook.
They bring out a touch of the funk and a while lot of soulful groove on “ My Love.”
“Walking In the Dark” ends up being a very laid back and very enjoyable listen.
CD: Walking In The Dark
Artist: Sweet Alibi
Genre: folk/ pop