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Among the slow influx of real-life-couple duos in country music—Joey+Rory, Steel Magnolia, Thompson Square—the Canada-based duo The Laws easily distinguishes itself, borrowing more from folk and Americana styles than from modern country. Comprised of John Law and wife Michele, the couple revels in a spirited and at times bluegrass-influenced sound. The title track is a soul-flavored mid-tempo rocker bolstered by John’s hearty vocals. Michele’s voice, in contrast, is soft and serene, often recalling Rhonda Vincent on tunes such as “Wherefore and Why.” Together their voices evoke a silk-and-sandpaper quality and their superb harmonies at times elicits those of The Everly Brothers. Throughout the disc they maintain a sunny outlook on the subject of love on songs including “Love Again,” “I Believe in You” and “With My Heart.” The songs are occasionally subpar, but this duo’s sweet harmonies more than compensate.

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