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Only today I was talking about how Third Man Records has managed to put some distance between itself and the "novelty label" tag it was steadily earning itself, thanks to its excellent series of reissues and a noted increase in quality of its live albums (many of the first lot seem to have resulted from "Is it any good?" "No, but it'll sell" situations. No offence meant, Conan O'Brien, but The Melvins make much better records than you). No sooner do I compliment them on their newfound credibility than this falls on my lap. The Haden Triplets - a country-singing vocal trio who are, you guessed it, triplets.
I can't just dismiss it as a novelty record at the drop of a hat though, that'd be unprofessional, and besides Ry Cooder is involved as producer and guitarist, with his son Joachim on drums. They work their way through a series of traditional songs in entirely acceptable fashion, lots of earnestly delivered close harmonies and twangy country guitar, it's actually a very palatable update of American folk traditions, shuffly and harmonious.
I think my dad would really like it, it's perfectly okay in a super-safe radio 2 kind of way - neither the special thing I'd hope for from Cooder nor the cringe-worthy thing I'd expect from a Third Man novelty record.
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