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SHeDAISY

The Best of SHeDAISY – 2008 (Lyric Street)

Reviewed by Jeff Lincoln

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Easily the biggest thing that from Magna, Utah, and the group with one of the oddest upper/lower case names ever, SHeDAISY takes a breather from a decade-long career to release a greatest hits survey. Unfortunately, there are no new tracks here, so even if you only have their debut "The Whole SHeBANG," proceed with caution - four of the first five tracks match, almost right down to the sequencing.

Although these super slick, more pop than country songs were (mostly) legitimate hits, the Osborn sisters have not yet landed the monster hit. Their highest peaking tracks were a number two, "I Will But" and a number three, "Little Good Byes." They get less consequential from there, and when you take in the feminist sensibilities and unflappable pep in songs like "Get Over Yourself," it can be a headscratcher why these were not bigger smashes.

What the group clearly needs is a better mix of their music. They frequently throw every instrument imaginable into the pot, and crank the volume up to 11, , effectively drowning out the beautiful harmonies - the end of "Passenger Seat" is a prime offender.

Another tendency is bouncy, chipper melodies regardless of lyrical topic - rarely has breaking up sounded like so much fun. Lead singer/songwriter Kristyn could probably sing about nuclear winter like it's the Camptown races. But when you're privileged enough to hear the absolutely gorgeous, gut-wrenching "In Terms of Love" from their last record, the talent is undeniable.