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Fruition / Press

“[ROOTS MUSIC] Pretty tends to eclipse everything around it. And in pop music, that’s generally a good thing. Some of the prettiest music being made today—cough, Bon Iver—doesn’t always have enough substance behind the initial attractiveness to hold together when poked and prodded by an inquiring mind. Fruition, though, holds up fine. The music—which tends toward gentle acoustic balladry with a twist of twang or dance numbers that flirt with bluegrass and honky-tonk but never fully commit to either—is plenty pretty. The string solos—mandolin and guitar, mostly—are masterfully played and well-positioned; no one here gets jammy for jamming’s sake. The group’s dual male vocalists harmonize well and its third, female singer, Mimi Naja, has a striking voice that’s tough enough so you feel like you’re being let in on a secret when she pours on the sugar.”