Australia’s sexy and energetic female group, The McClymonts, released their album in the U.S., Wrapped Up Good at the end of August, and The Advice Sister got a listen, the other day. The peppy, country-centric album was produced by Nathan Chapman (producer for Taylor Swift’s Taylor Swift, Fearless, and Speak Now) and Adam Anders (Executive Music Producer for Fox TV’s Glee).
This is the MyClymonts second album. The first, released last year, went to #5 on the Australian country charts (#1-2 Taylor Swift, #3 Lady Antebellum, and #4 Keith Urban) outselling Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney among others. If that’s not impressive enough to perk up your ears for a listen, you might be swayed by the fact that this award-winning trio of absolutely beautiful sisters picked up Best Country Album in 2008 and 2010.
While I am not really a country music aficionado, I know good music when I hear it, and there is virtually not a single song on “Wrapped Up Good” that didn’t make me want to sing along, or at least tap my toes in time to the music. Yes, it made me feel good and that’s a fact! What I found interesting is that I didn’t read anything about the MyClymonts before I popped the CD in my computer because I wanted to listen with a totally open mind. I had no idea that they were from Australia! Their album, recorded in Nashville, is pure modern country that could have been recorded right from the Opry stage.
The McClymonts on the cover of their most recent album; Wrapped Up Good
This trio of talented sisters (Brooke, Samantha and Mollie Therese McClymont), like the Kardashian sisters, are destined for something huge. In fact, somehow they remind me of the Kardashians, although the have a totally different vibe. Maybe it is because they are distinct personalities, all talented, all beautiful, and working together to build a dream come true. They won the Country Music Association 2011 Global Artist of the Year Award just a few weeks ago!
The McClymonts have just finished up a US tour, and are working on another album for 2012.
TRACKS ON WRAPPED UP GOOD:
1. Kick It Up
2. Wrapped Up Good
3. He Used To Love Me
4. Boy Who Cried Love
5. Take It Back
6. Rock The Boat
7. I’m Not Done With You Just Yet
8. A Woman Is A Flame
9. Hearts On Fire
10. If You’re Gonna Love Me
11. I Could Be A Cowboy
I can’t really tell you what is good, or best on Wrapped Up Good because all of it is good. Music is so subjective. Whenever I read reviews of new CDs I always cringe a bit when I hear a critic say things like “I didn’t like it” or “it didn’t move me” and then not really offer an explanation. What I can say about Wrapped Up Good is that is it a good second album with something to appeal to everyone. While most of the tracks offer a “safe” modern “country” sound, my guess is that this is what the McClymont’s fans really want. Nothing wrong with that, really. It isn’t unique, but it is deliciously pretty and pleasing to hear. Two standout songs, both with lead vocals by Brooke, are “Hearts on Fire” a fast-paced, upbeat and romantic love song. It is a modern theme song for those who are far apart. Send it to your love in the military and make someone them feel very special and loved. More gritty and rock and roll is “Rock the Boat” with a heavy bass and with a bit of an edge, without the typical “sweetness” that seems omnipresent in today’s female country crooners. It will make you want to get up and dance. Whatever your preference, you’ll quickly find your favorites on Wrapped Up Good, and find yourself singing along. You will easily become a fan of these ladies. Click here to learn more about the MyClymonts and their touring schedule.