Arnold Mitchem met Kaisa Mac Donald and the Bourgeois Gypsies were born. This is their second on album of spirited Americana.
Unsquare Dance sees Mitchem take the lead for a very moving square dance experience. The addition of a violin really makes the song work.
“Can’t lose you” is a moving song with MacDonald’s siren-like vocal at the center. She and her band mate’s harmonies are tight and well sung. It’s very old-fashioned country.
Train Song is a spirited, fast-moving song with amazing lyrics. It’s a fine example of the bands’ dexterity.
Stayed out Late is sad and retains the mood of the album well. It’s one of the stronger songs, with Mitchem handling a gritty vocal lead well.
The album sounds like the work of a band who must be dynamite live, and on record they’re great too.
2. Unsquare Dance
4. Can’t lose you
7. Train song
8. Dry land
10. Stayed out late