By Tony Scherman
Updated February 07, 1997 at 05:00 AM EST

The coffeehouse folk songs of Portland, Ore.’s the Softies are like those pink packets found in java joints — sweet and low. Jen Sbragia and Rose Melberg (formerly of grrrl group Tiger Trap) strum and twang guitars while delicately harmonizing, their lovely vocals masking bitter lyrics about broken relationships on Winter Pageant.