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Category Archive for 'Contemporary Folk'

“Intuitive cooperation is what makes Nickel Creek so special. It’s in the way Thile’s mandolin runs launch or follow Watkins’ fiddle parts in instrumentals like ‘Elsie,’ and in the band’s harmonies, which breathe in sync the way family harmonies so often do. It’s remarkable, showing how three distinct voices can come together in the service [...]

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“Given how infrequently she records, a new album from Linda Thompson is always an event. Won’t Be Long Now is her first album in six years. The set’s contents reveal an artist fully in the moment, who understands the importance of the present and doesn’t hold anything back….Won’t Be Long Now is, as has proven [...]

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“Rush makes each song seem as dependable and solid as the earth itself, somehow mixing a wistful weariness in his voice with an underlying and unerring joyfulness, the same sort of thing he’s been doing for half a century now. That he’s still doing it as well as he ever has is a testament to [...]

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“The resulting Beast in Its Tracks, written in the wake of his divorce, treats the situation with anger, warmth, despair, humor, honesty, and most importantly, empathy for both of its subjects, something that many records of a similar disposition fail to achieve.” –All Music Guide Check Our Catalog

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“On ‘Knock Knock Get Up,’ the Boston-based troupe…weaves bright tunes from border-crossing folk threads. DWM doesn’t deliver straight Mexican or American traditions, instead steeping contemporary writing and performance styles in those influences for a fresh hybrid. The lyrics have matured, now as captivating as the sounds around the words. …DWM has leapt up the ranks [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Having won enough awards to keep his mantelpiece groaning for years for his 2007 collaboration with Alison Krauss, Robert Plant resists the temptation to repeat the Americana formula and give us Raising More Sand. Instead he invokes the name of Band of Joy, the psychedelic blues group he originally fronted before the [...]

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Frazey Ford: Obadiah

Check Our Catalog “As the former lead singer of the Canadian folk-pop trio the Be Good Tanyas, Frazey Ford turned out some quietly affecting performances. But they’re demure delights compared to the heady pleasures of her debut solo album. It’s a luxuriant album that unfurls with acoustic guitar, hushed drums, banjo, organ, and little swells [...]

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Check Our Catalog “New Hampshire native Ray LaMontagne returns with his fourth studio album — and it’s an absolute gem. It exudes a homespun, rootsy intimacy as he shares his profound talent for rustic storytelling and a haunting voice that crosses the rasp of Gregg Allman and the spiritual intensity of Richard Manuel of The [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Whether backed by simple guitar or a full-band ramble, Bingham’s intricately detailed portraits of the wayward and lost are some of the best short stories you’ll hear all year.” –Entertainment Weekly

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Check Our Catalog “It’s a kindly, enveloping sound that Ms. McLachlan has long used to conjure passion and empathy laced with melancholy. But now it encompasses a new anguish, deeper and sharper than what she hinted at with “Afterglow” in 2003.”–The New York Times

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Check Our Catalog “It was always clear that she was a folk-influenced singer/songwriter who found a way to coexist with Nashville rather than an artist whose first goal was landing singles on country radio. Now that Carpenter has left the major labels, she seems more than willing to let the country side of her musical [...]

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Check Our Catalog “Alpers recruits a full backing band, as well as the Royal New Zealand Air Force Brass Band, to broaden the horizons of her electro-folk-pop. The results are much livelier and more dynamic than anything she’s done before.”–All Music Guide

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Diane Birch: Bible Belt

Check Our Catalog “Her welterweight voice is strong and fetching, and with help from Joss Stone’s producers and top-shelf players, she nails some vintage sounds.”–Rolling Stone

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Check Our Catalog “Give Up the Ghost is evidence that not only is she one of the best singers in modern folk-rock music, but that she can write a potent set of songs every time out.”–PopMatters

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Ben Folds: Way to Normal

Check Our Catalog “Like all of Folds’ records, Way to Normal is full of melodic hooks and witty, semi-obvious barbs.”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “Elephant moves in quiet circles, mining Yamagata’s heartbroken past for melodic effect while dressing up her songs in subtle layers of strings, woodwinds, and acoustic instruments. This is where her voice truly shines”–All Music Guide

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Check Our Catalog “’The debut album from singer-songwriter sensation, James Morrison. Taking a bluesier, more soulful route than some of his contemporaries, Morrison has drawn on elements of his troubled upbringing to produce an album that has real depth emotionally and musically.”—Amazon.com.

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Check Our Catalog “Upon first listen Little Honey is quite jarring for all of its textural and production shifts and dodges, but in time it settles into the listener as a mixed collection of decent songs that pack some punch, but no jaw-dropping wallops. The faithful will no doubt enjoy this set”—All Music Guide

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Dido: Safe Trip Home

Check Our Catalog “Dido’s songs here gently hook their way into the subconscious on. There are melancholic edges, but it’s not haunting, it’s comforting, reassuring music that’s quietly powerful, music that Dido hinted at before but never quite made.”—All Music Guide

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