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In case you haven't met her, Anaïs Mitchell is not a man. She's a woman, quick to laugh and to cry, a fan of Jane Austen and miniskirts. She came of age reading the diaries of Anaïs Nin and blasting early Ani Difranco records. So it may catch a few listeners off-guard when Mitchell cries out, in the opening sequence of her latest album, "I'm a young man!" And it ... Read more in Amazon's Anaïs Mitchell Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Feb. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wilderland Records
  • ASIN: B006JXW0L4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,931 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. You Are Forgiven 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
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"Young Man in America is the follow-up to Anaïs Mitchell's critically beloved folk opera Hadestown (RBRCD70) which received sensational reviews and landed Mitchell on numerous `Best of 2010' lists in both the national and international press.

Switching gears, Mitchell returns here to a more traditional solo record, but those familiar with Hadestown will hear its overtones in Young Man. It's an epic, sprawling tale with characters leaping from the verses as they would from the pages of a novel. As a songwriter, Mitchell takes on the voices of different characters, men as well as women. Sometimes these voices speak in ornate, old-fashioned tongues - the language of British Isles balladry and the Old Testament.

Mitchell once again enlisted the skills of Hadestown producer Todd Sickafoose. Taking the reins as producer/arranger of Young Man in America, Sickafoose assembled some of Brooklyn's most sought-after rock and experimental jazz players - guitarist Adam Levy,violinist Jenny Scheinman and drummers Kenny Wollesen and Andrew Borger to name but a few. Chris Thile appears on mandolin as well as alongside songwriters Jefferson Hamer and Rachel Ries in a harmonic chorus. Michael Chorney, the man behind Hadestown's remarkable score and the producer of Mitchell's previous albums (2007's The Brightness and 2004's Hymns for the Exiled) makes a guest appearance on guitar. Together they
create a sound more reminiscent of a `'70s rock record than that of a traditional singersongwriter.

BBC Review

"Look upon your children," Anaïs Mitchell sings on Young Man in America’s opening song; "Wandrin’ in the wilderland / Look upon your children / Wandrin’ in the woods." For her follow-up to 2010’s stunning folk-opera Hadestown she tones down the scale a little yet offers something equally startling: a modern folk record that snaps and sparkles with energy, daring to take on some formidable themes in the process. It is America itself she addresses in that first song; a country that is starting to crumble and a population that has lost its way.

While the Young Man of its title receives top billing, the LP is fleshed out by a cast of lovers, tailors, shepherds and poets, all rendered contemporary and believable in spite of the old-fashioned language they are often drawn in. The restless, desperate existence of its protagonist serves to equate our modern times and misplaced sense of duty (of materialism, broadly) with the individual crises these characters suffer. Mothers and fathers – or their absence, more specifically – figure heavily, not least on album centrepiece Shepherd, where Mitchell weaves a tragedy over the sunniest of chord patterns.

Mitchell cites her own father as a major inspiration (indeed, it is his face that adorns the cover), and the song itself is based on the prologue of a novel he wrote some 30 years ago, when he was around the same age she is now. Mitchell has noted the inherent strangeness of a life where you’re no longer being parented but not yet a parent yourself, a relatively modern phenomenon that, along with the kind of gaudy excess characters from Jay Gatsby to Dorian Gray have struggled with, considerably touches the sense of rootlessness on display here.

It is her ability to transpose these themes onto such intimate situations that makes this LP so remarkable; that, and the fact that she is as adept a collaborator as she is chronicler. Once more enlisting Todd Sickafoose on production duties, the album is instrumentally lean and taut, and on devastating piano-ballad Coming Down genuinely breathtaking. Though her acoustic guitar steers proceedings, crackles of distortion, woodwind and expertly-deployed strings all make their presence felt, particularly on grand finale Ships.

A fierce, melodic affirmation of sadness and grief, love and lust, attachments formed both strong and precarious, Young Man in America is a marvel of a record from start to finish.

--James Skinner

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By robbie57 on 5 April 2012
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So many great female singer songwriters out there - Gillian Welch, Laura Cantrell, Lucinda Williams, Mary Gaulthier, The Unthanks, Kate Rusby - to name but a few. Suffice to say Anais Mitchell is right up there with the best on the evidence of this album. Love the vulnerable, innocent quality of her voice, the poetic quality of the song structure and lyrics, the gorgeous, multi-layered but understated backing.
It's subtle and restrained but quietly uplifting. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Aramachia on 13 Feb. 2012
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I discovered Anais Mitchell about two years ago when a friend introduced her album Hymns For The Exiled to me and I have been a fan ever since, whilst her efforts to mingle folk with opera in Hadestown was a real treat. This is a more pastoral work and more a romantic hymn to her homeland of America than is evident in her past works, creating a conscious link to folk tradition. It doesn't have the same spark as her earlier works but it is tracks like Wilderland, Venus and Annmarie show us she is still one of the most prodigious (and underrated) talents around.
Buy it, it will definitely grow on you. 9/10.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2013
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I agree with the enthusiastic reviews here - this is an excellent album. I only came across Anais Mitchell recently when I tried her Child Ballads album Child Ballads. I was sufficiently impressed to try this album too, and I think it is excellent.

Mitchell writes tuneful, intelligent songs which often tell a story with poignant insight into people's lives. She sings them beautifully in a slightly wispy voice which may not be to everyone's taste but which I find very affecting in this material. She and her fellow musicians are excellent, and the arrangement and production shows the songs off perfectly, in my view. It's a really classy, grown-up album which is a pleasure to listen to because of its lovely melodic and harmonic content, but also with the depth to stay with you and make you think.

I think I have been missing out badly by not hearing Anais Mitchell until now, and I intend to get the rest of her work soon. This is a really excellent album which I recommend very warmly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Numinous Ugo on 8 Mar. 2012
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I am a late arrival at the feist, I have only very recently heard of this remarkable young woman. Okay so the thing that made my ears prick up was the shades of Joanna Newsom in her voice but I very quickly realised that this was not just a copycat sound; there is real substance here.

This albums is just the latest in a short string of brilliantly conceived albums by Anais Mitchell. What is clear is that she has a very clear grasp of her craft. Brilliantly written songs; beautifully executed. She is one of the new breed of folk artists who understand that folk music must be about contemporary themes. There is still a place for those who keep traditional songs and themes alive but there is a real grounds swell of folk artistsb who are moving the music forward.

Not taht i care much about genre, it's all just music, the disticntion must always be if it is good or bad and this is definitely the former.

Thsi album is rather beautifully packaged in a cardboard folder, but what is also clear is that the designer also understands how the cover will look on an iPod.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Berliner Musicfan on 14 Feb. 2012
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I found out about Anais Mitchell through Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, when he tweeted about her: "coming down" is a song on @anaismitchell 's record 'young man in america' coming out this spring... and it is a truly masterful song." And: he is right. Even better. Its a breathtaking album. My favorite album of the year so far. Bought it yesterday and i have to say: This is the best piece of music for a long time. 10/10.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MH on 19 Jan. 2013
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'Young Man in America' is an utter joy to listen to. Refreshingly good songwriting with glorious hooks and lyrics that resonate and capture so much. She is consistently developing as a writer and I cannot wait for her next release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Heaver on 15 Feb. 2012
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No difficult second album syndrome here. Thoughtful, intelligent, haunting, lyrical and beautifully sung, with a genuinely distinctive voice. You're denying yourself a considerable pleasure if you haven't heard it.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By old git in Cumbria on 23 Feb. 2012
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Just listen to the title track and 'Coming Down".
If the hairs on the back of your neck don't go up.....check your pulse...yep, you died some time previously, for sure.
More accomplished than 'Hadestown".
Less contrived than Joanna Newsom.
Not as depressing as Gillian Welsh.
As sweet as Ron Sexsmith's very first offering.
As scary as Kate Bush at her best and as pure as Kate Rusby at her unadulterated earliest.
Dark,brooding,achingly beautiful with stunning lyrics.
My album of 2012 and its only February!
Can't see anyone topping this.
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