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CD review: Edens Edge 'Edens Edge'

CD review: Edens Edge ‘Edens Edge'
by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 22, 2012
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Edens Edge ‘Edens Edge' (Big Machine Records)

Heavenly harmonies and stellar musicianship make for a shining full-length debut for country trio Edens Edge.

The self-titled LP includes four tracks originally featured on the band's 2011 EP, including feisty opener “Amen,” which adroitly establishes the group's distinctive sound, a smooth blend of rootsy traditional bluegrass and polished contemporary country.

The Arkansas trio — Hannah Blaylock (lead vocals), Cherrill Green (harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo and guitar) and Dean Berner (harmony vocals, guitar and dobro) — reveals an affection for old-school country with the playful down-home come-on “Skinny Dippin',” which contrasts effectively with the modern pop-inspired sound and abundant attitude of current single “Too Good to Be True.”

Edens Edge shows off its musical chops on the often-covered kiss-off “Swingin' Door,” cowritten by Oklahoma-bred songsmith Brett James. Blaylock's voice seizes the spotlight with the deftly penned heartbreaker “Last Supper,” which she co-wrote. The young singer also co-wrote the clever boot-scooter “Who Am I Drinking Tonight,” which nimbly name-drops many country stars with lyrics like “Are you a Kenny tequila / Buffet margarita / or an Alan Jackson hurricane / Are you a good time / Glass of moonshine / Going George Strait to my brain.”

The album closes with the highlight “Christ Alone,” a newly written a cappella hymn that powerfully showcases the group's tight, family-band-style vocal harmonies.

— Brandy McDonnell

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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