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Put Your Needle Down

Put Your Needle Down by Secret Sisters
Released: Apr 2014
Label: Universal Records
The harmonizing Muscle Shoals siblings' sophomore set works a wide palette for Americana. After opening with a Diddley-beat country-rocker worthy of Pistol Annies, things take a dark turn -- the souped-up small-town tale "Iuka" and P.J. Harvey cover "The Pocket Knife" carry weapons to weddings, while stray-cat-strutting finger-snapper "Dirty Lie" and addicted-to-love dirge "Bad Habit" are smoke-ringed lounge blues for the Amy Winehouse set. There's also girl-group homage "Black and Blue," desolate post-doo-wop lament "Lonely Island," spiritual coda "River Jordan" and a whole lot of tambourines.
Chuck Eddy