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The Rankin Family - North Country
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  • The Rankin Family includes: Jimmy Rankin (vocals, guitar), Raylene Rankin, Cookie Rankin, Heather Rankin (vocals), John Morris Rankin (various instruments).
  • Personnel: Jimmy Rankin (vocals, acoustic guitar, snare drum, background vocals); Cookie Rankin, Raylene Rankin, Heather Rankin (vocals, hand claps, background vocals); Michael Francis (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, dobro, mandola, mandolin); Dave MacIsaac (acoustic guitar); Howie MacDonald, John Morris Rankin (fiddle, piano); Tom Szczesniak (accordion); Ray Parker (organ, synthesizer); Claude Desjardins (synthesizer, percussion); Boko Suzuki (synthesizer); Brian Leonard (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Chad Irschick.
  • Recording information: Inception Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Photographer: Peter Leverman.
  • Arrangers: John Morris Rankin; The Rankin Family.
  • North Country solidifies the group's wholesome reputation. You can always count on The Rankins for at least one exquisite, stand-out pop melody per recording; that one here is the title track's tribute to Canadian wilderness. The voices of Cookie, Heather, and Raylene Rankin blend effectively with an intuitive sense of harmony. These are pure, attractive voices, but with a certain lack of emotional depth that parallels Jimmy and John Morris Rankin's sometimes over-sweetened, keyboard-dominated instrumentation. Three tracks rendered in Gaelic are pleasant, while Lisa Brown overdoses on the group's sugary, "golly-gee" side. For those who prefer eating the icing off the cake. ~ Roch Parisien
Professional Reviews
Sing Out! (8-10/95, p.144) - "...The songs have hooks and the singing is lovely....it's refreshing..."
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