Wildwood Kin - 'Turning Tides'

6/10

While folk music has spiked in and out of the main public interest steadily over the last few decades, very few artists have been able to create an accessible release that maintains a folk core with a mainstream ambition since Mumford & Sons. But now that the much-hyped sisterly trio of Wildwood Kin have shared their debut release, we could see them becoming one of the next big names in the genre.

With more of a base in pop-rock than their more traditional folk influences, 'Turning Tides' is a highly accessible collection of likeable singles, all held together in this binding sense of romance and wonder. With comparisons to the likes of Haim, this record seems to push all the right buttons but only manages to stay memorable about half of the time. With a strong start, the release slowly begins to falter throughout the later tracks, making it feel more like an album of two halves.

Whether this was there initial intention, 'Turning Tides' has a real night-and-day feel about it, but given how lively it starts out, it does feel like a loss of momentum rather than a smooth closer. Still, there is plenty to enjoy here, but not quite the full package.

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