LARKIN POE Larkin Poe

RH Mu­sic ★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Any­one for the “lit­tle sisters of The All­man Broth­ers”? If that’s a scary thought for some, then cease and de­sist, peo­ple, be­cause Re­becca and Me­gan Lovell – who have each toured as back­ing mu­si­cians for the likes of Conor Oberst and Elvis Costello – are more than mere handy-la­bel ad­juncts. With a back­ground in blues, folk and blue­grass (as well as an ill-ad­vised PR-driven pitch about the sisters be­ing dis­tant de­scen­dents of Edgar Allen Poe), Re­becca and Me­gan have lat­terly dis­pensed with their coun­try-ish side and bol­stered it up with the kind of spe­cial­ist pop nous that afore­men­tioned Oberst and Costello have. The songs are catchy and clever – Over­achiever, sim­ply ar­ranged for voice and pi­ano, is odd but com­pelling; Jesse is eerie and strik­ing, mu­si­cally urged on by a story about al­co­hol and firearms; Ele­phant, mean­while, takes the Lovell’s coun­try roots in­flu­ences and adds some­thing al­to­gether dif­fer­ent to it. lark­in­poe.com

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