The McClymonts – Wrapped Up GoodBy William Simpson • Oct 10th, 2011 • Category: CD Reviews
Review by Stratman
“Wrapped Up Good” is the second album from the group The McClymonts, a trio of sisters from down under (Australia, mate). They have had a huge amount of success in their native country (four songs from this album hit No. 1) and now they are trying to have the same success in the good old USA. I am kinda tossed on that.
The album opens up with ”Kick It Up”. It is an ok tune but did not “wow” me. I really didn’t like the Shania Twain rip off “come on” at the first of the song. I enjoyed “Wrapped Up Good”. Seems to have a good danceable beat and I liked the dobro. I also liked the next tune “He Used to Love Me”. It has a nice mandolin line in it. “Boy Who Cried Love” is a nice song and I dig the harmonies (which are throughout the album). “Take It Back” sounds like others before it… nothing new about it.
“Rock The Boat” is an attempt at country rock, but not really something I would bet my career on. “I’m Not Done With You Just Yet” is more traditional country and I really liked the steel guitar. “A Woman Is A Flame” could be a hit here in the States. It is a nice ballad with great vocals and good lyrics.”Hearts On Fire” was a No. 1 hit in Australia and could be here also. I liked this cut and it is one of the best on the album.
“If You’re Gonna Love Me” again, reminds me too much of Shania Twain. I’ve had enough of her already. “I Could Be A Cowboy” is more along the lines of what country music should be. Good job ladies! The last cut, “Cannonball” is a good dance song and a foot stomper. I could see Dolly Parton doing this one.
I am not overwhelmed with the album, but it’s not bad either. I believe the girls may be a little over hyped as the songs remind me of too many other chic groups out there already. I feel that they need more of their own identity. They do have good vocals, harmonies, and write their own songs. They have a great band of musicians on the CD and the album was well produced. However, my favorite Australian imports are AC/DC and Keith Urban. It’s hard to beat those guys. But, I still enjoyed the album and give it………….
Rating – B+