Sink or Swim

Label
Ato
Release date
2000
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
37:43

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Waitress 2:19 3,663
2 Lies 4:13 3,711
3 Danger 2:27 1,498
4 Without You 4:32 4,296
5 The Haircut 3:27 2,119
6 Love Serenade 2:39 3,848
7 Taken 3:50 1,411
8 Service Fee 4:37 1,207
9 A Brief History... 3:51 935
10 When I Die 3:49 5,252
11 Sink or Swim 1:59 1,405

About this album

Released 2002
The Waifs—sisters Donna and Vikki Simpson and Josh Cunningham—honed their craft playing countless gigs throughout the 1990s in their native Australia. Sink or Swim is their third album, and it features 11 selections of acoustic, and occasionally electric-guitar-driven, pop-folk. The songs include Cunningham’s “Brief History,” a song that’s half Woody Guthrie-style talking blues and half rap, which tells the story of the band; Donna’s “Haircut,” a song about a breakup that blends anger and fierce joy in equal measure; and Vikki’s “Danger,” an enigmatic song of loss. The band’s vocal harmonies are tight, and the arrangements feature plenty of strummed and finger-picked guitars, with a bit of banjo here and dab of cello there to fill out the sound. The three members of the Waifs know how to compose a catchy hook and write a lyric that touches both heart and mind, and have enough instrumental chops to deliver the goods. And really, what more do need from a band? —Michael Simmons

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