Picks and Pans Review: Girl Bros.
Album of the week
Even though they have recorded three critically acclaimed CDs, singer-songwriters Wendy and Lisa are best remembered as lingerie-clad musicians in Prince's backing band. If there's any justice, Girl should once and for all establish Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman as certified stars. Their new CD is a song cycle about death, loss and surviving adversity, and the muse on this remarkable collection of pop-soul hymns—written, played and sung by the two longtime friends—is the 1996 heroin death of Wendy's brother Jonathan Melvoin, a keyboardist in the Smashing Pumpkins tour band. Although "Jonathan," a plaintive, hushed waltz, is the only cut to address the death directly, the rage and confusion caused by his passing infuse every song. With their clear voices, rich melodies and intimate sound, Wendy and Lisa deliver a CD that is both an elegy and one of the best pop albums of the year.
Bottom Line: Former backups shine as stars