WHISKEY & CO.: Leaving the Nightlife: CD

Bear with me on this one. If Natalie Merchant and that one chick from the Dixie Chicks mixed their voices and sang over more traditional country with a hint of the alt. instead of the opposite, you’d have Whiskey & Co. And it’s good. It’s so good. She sings so easily, which is a nice reprise from all the over-the-top forced virtuosos that seem to be gaining popularity lately. The music compliments her voice (or maybe it’s the other way around) perfectly with nothing sounding forced. The songs seem to come from an earlier time: the naturalness of them makes each feel like each is tied to a memory from years back. Songs of heartbreak, songs of drinking, songs that you’d sing with friends after the bars have closed and you’re trying to make that last twelve pack carry through another hour.

 –megan (No Idea)