Why the three Irish sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin call themselves The Henry Girls is something they themselves don't know exactly anymore; somehow the name has stuck since the girls started making music together at a young age. On "Louder Than Words" they present a pleasant mixture of country, bluegrass and Irish folk with skillfully staged three-voice singing and traditional instrumentation. This all sounds highly professional and is also fun. But the whole thing, despite some socially critical approaches in the texts, is a little too much oriented towards Feelgood. This can be seen, for example, in the cover version of Bruce Springsteen's dark "Nebraska" track "Reason To Believe", which, at least in the first half, could almost pass for a party number. Probably this is part of this kind of music, which certainly tempts the audience to dance again and again at concerts. But on record some darker undertones in the not so bad songs would have been desirable.
Top track: So Long But Not Goodbye