Madison Violet : No Fool for Trying

madviolet_large.jpgIt seems that one-time country-darlings The Wreckers have packed their bags and cowgirl boots, ditched their ripped jeans for kilts, and trekked it all the way to Canada.

Hypothetically speaking, of course. This is real life, and for Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac, it’s the real thing. Madison Violet—as the Scotch-Canadian duo is collectively known—continues its oft-described fusion of "city folk" and "tumbleweed pop" on No Fool for Trying, an 11-track effort that, true to the group’s name, mixes the unexpected.

 The album opens with a track with a title could easily be a Hank Williams, Jr. hand-me-down. "The Ransom" begins on a slow note, introducing MacEachern and MacIsaac as quite the resigned pair, but they’re not without their wit. "The money ain’t coming in like I hoped," they lament, but swiftly add, "Motor court hotels are gonna confiscate my soul." It’s a gift that continues on "Lauralee," the mandolin, banjo, and fiddle accenting the accusatory refrain, "Don’t go telling lies on me Lauralee," but it can’t last. The title track and its successor, "Small of My Heart," coast on cozy rhythms and lyrical clichés, seeking strength in such gems as "Baby in the Black & White," "Crying," and the final track, "Time & Tide." Here, the vocals culminate and converge, resonating with a sound that’s unequivocally Scottish, undoubtedly Madison Violet, and sure to warrant an encore.

No Fool for Trying is out now on True North Records.