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The Kinleys

  • Just Between You and Me [Epic, 1997] A-
  • II [Epic, 2000] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Just Between You and Me [Epic, 1997]
So womanly they seem almost kinky, harmonizing twin sisters explore a range of Nashville life choices--crazy in love or desperate to get back there, lazing around or sleeping around or pondering separations that put mere breaking up in existential perspective. Sound pretty relevant to me. Young or old, married or single, straight or gay, janitor or schoolteacher or constitutional lawyer or championship computer nerd, most people I meet lead emotional lives like these, and the songs get stronger as they go along. In "Contradictions" two mothers let their kids go and the first kid is older than the second mother. Then they go out on "Dance in the Boat," which rocks same. A-

II [Epic, 2000]
Big-pop don't suit 'em, surprise surprise, but happy love songs still do ("Me Too," "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah"). *