The Weepies overcome health scare to deliver first-rate ‘Sirens’

The Weepies‘Sirens’
The Weepies (Nettwerk)
4 stars out of 5

It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for husband-and-wife tandem Deb Talan and Steve Tannen, best known in music circles as indie folk duo The Weepies. Talan was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2013, but she battled the disease and the band continued to write and record from their home studio in Iowa. Last summer, Talan conquered the disease and The Weepies are back with a dynamite new album in “Sirens.”

The Weepies CD“This was a helluva year for us Weepies,’ Tannen explains. “Frightening, dire diagnoses, hospitals, and helping angels everywhere, but it seemed like maybe this was also the end of everything — like the journey was over. Sirens were mermaids that led sailors to their doom with their sweet voices. It’s also a reference to an ambulance siren, and together they summed up the feeling of the year — otherworldly, hopeful, terrible.”

Fans of The Weepies’ previous work — 2008’s “Hideaway” is my favorite record — are sure to warm to this 16-track, 48-minute album. Among the many standouts here are “”River From the Sky,” the title track, “Ever Said Goodbye,” “Boys Who Want to Be Girls” and “Does Not Bear Repeating.” And there’s a stellar cover of Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” thrown in for good measure. Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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