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SHeDAISY

The Whole SHeBANG – 1999 (Lyric Street)

Reviewed by Stephen L. Betts

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Taking their name from the Native American word meaning "my sister," SHeDAISY are siblings Kristyn, Kelsi and Kassidy Osborn from Magna, Utah. Their pop-country debut boasts 11 potent tracks, all co-written by eldest sister Kristyn in collaboration with writers such as 80's pop sensation Richard Marx and Nashville's Stephony Smith, writer of "It's Your Love." Marvelously textured, with rich, intricate harmony, coupled with passionate, empowering lyrical content, the result is a bold combination that's as evocative of pop star sisters Wilson Phillips as it is of country vocal powerhouse Martina McBride.

The album's standout has to be the clever, bitingly funny "(Lucky 4 You) Tonight I'm Just Me," a tale of how several of a woman's multiple personalities are each dealing with a break-up in their own unique way. The trio proves with their debut that they're capable of more than cookie-cutter lyrics, video-ready looks and a few well-placed "ooh's" and "aah's." These sisters put a whole new spin on the concept of "harmonic convergence."