But the artists here, like a liberating army, refrain from ransacking the genre along the way. The Waco Brothers flaunt their storied political incorrectness, letting the blood flow on "The Fox," but a glowing melody and graceful lyrics elevate the traditional jig's carnage into poetry. And while a few cuts, such as the Asylum Street Spankers' hyperactive version of "My Own Grandpa," take the mission to enliven the songs a bit too far, these exceptions don't upset the disc's balance of cheek and charm. And the accompanying booklet's drawings and paintings are even more winsome: They're rendered by the kids of musicians on the album, and none of them have yet hit "the big one-oh."
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