Madison Violet
Album: The Good In Goodbye
Label: True North
Tracks: 11

This is Canadian duo Madison Violet's fourth CD; a follow up to 2009's No Fool For Trying and I have to confess I have been looking forward to this one for a long time. Madison Violet are Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac and they will be known to many Americana fans due to several tours here in the UK over the past few years.

They have said, since the release of this album, that it is an album born from their growth, both together and apart, The Good in Goodbye is an open diary of their personal and professional experiences together as friends and musicians, two very unique relationships that affect each other in profound ways. The result is an articulate, touching and very thoughtful collection of songs, which again illustrate their vocal skills individually and together; when their harmonies invariably make me think of those great harmonies of The Judds. Can there be a better compliment?

Stand out tracks include the bluegrass infused Cindy Cindy, Home, Come as You Are, Emily, and the heartbreakingly beautiful Christy Ellen Frances. The story it tells is exquisite but the song needs to tell you, not me.

Suffice it to say that I think Madison Violet have done it again; this is a great collection of music with their own unique sound. They are playing in the UK and Europe in January 2012; I will be making sure I have tickets to hear them sing these songs live and suggest you do the same.

Helen Mitchell