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The Fabulous Ginn Sisters

You Can't Take a Bad Girl Home – 2010 (Lonesome Day)

Reviewed by Kevin Oliver

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The title of the new disc from Canadian sister act The Fabulous Ginn Sisters may be true, but the sultry, sensuously slippery nature of its songs means that you can at least bring home her personal soundtrack. Produced by fellow Canuck Fred Eaglesmith, songs such as the morbidly creepy Baton Rouge and the bad girl ode You Should Have Known paint the sisters Ginn as chroniclers of the underbelly of not-so-polite society where relationships never last, dreams are unreachable ideals, and "Conversation is overrated, anyway." Fireworks is a mini-masterpiece wallowing in self-pity and regret for a lost love that's the epitome of the Ginns' version of 'life sucks but we have to live it anyway' mentality: "Waking without you is a sorry way to wake, I do what I do to get by / Living without you is hardly living at all, it's like watching fireworks in black and white."

Musically, the Ginn Sisters practice a lounge lizard version of Chris Isaak's retro sound balanced against Shivaree's musical noir, coming out in a woozy haze that's perfect for their smoke-filled vocals. Put this one on around four in the morning after a good pity party bender, just make sure there are no sharp objects laying around nearby.