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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic - a Masterwork, 6 Jun. 2013
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How do you describe an eclair you adore? Creamy chocolaty light choux pastry - reciting the component parts does not really convey the overall taste sensation. Likewise how to do justice to this album - full of wonderful songs and punchy tunes beautifully sung in an appealing sometimes dead pan delivery, stunning instrumentation and production - have a taste and if you like it get the whole album. Stand out tracks include the 1st two which morph one to the other, the title track is thought provoking and the tune (like others on the album) will happily stay in your head for days. "You are Forgiven" and "Ships" build beautifully and the brass section could be Stax in its hey day, inspired. Quirky lyrics eg "Tailor", each track can be your favourite on a revolving basis. Backing vocals from Jefferson Harmer complement Anais' lead vocal. How could she top this? By not trying to do so, and moving across to "Child Ballads" also a great but different album. American Anglophile (great tour recently - saw her at Cecil Sharp House) this is a must have album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Original and, 23 Feb. 2013
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I had read some good reviews about Anais and went to see her at the Cluny in Newcastle when she toured this album last autumn. An intimate venue for hearing her cleverly crafted and nuanced songs. I enjoyed the gig and bought the cd which I played twice back to back as I enjoyed the music so much. Her songs, voice and delivery are very original - I've been listening to music for 30+ years and can't think of anyone comparable. Some have compared her voice to Joanna Newsom - there are similarities but also differences; Anias voice although girlish somehow having a greater maturity.

This record has themes running though it which link some of the songs - lots of references to shepherds and sheep, but not a full blown concept like the previous 'Hadestown'. I'll not dwell on each song, but stand outs for me are the opening duo 'Wilderland' and 'Young Man in America', 'Dyin Day', 'Venus' and the final highly atmospheric 'Ships'

Backing music is mainly understated acoustic, which helps focus attention on the lyrics and Anais idiosyncratic delivery.

I haven't given this 5 stars as that category is reserved for records where I think every track is brilliant, so it is rarely awarded. Having said that there aren't any particularly bad tracks here - a very enjoyable album which inspired me to buy 'Hadestown', which I can also thoroughly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A distinctive voice..., 27 July 2014
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A distinctive voice in acoustic music, blurring the lines between composed and traditional music. Relatively sparse arrangements, smoky voice, compelling lyrics - what's not to like?
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5.0 out of 5 stars a gem of an album, 18 Feb. 2012
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An admission.I only heard ms Mitchell for the first time on the Hadestown concept album.A wonderful piece of music but the thought crossed my mind that maybe the heavyweight cast carried the material above its station.So there was a certain amount of trepidation when I first played this.Well,no problem because it's a gem of an album.Her voice may be an acquired taste("chirrup"is about right)but the songs are so good that any misgivings soon disappear.
She seems to be part of the vanguard of "folk" music that isn't the kind of folk music that turns up on Transatlantic Sessions.People like Joanna Newsom,Sufjan Stevens,Bonnie Prince Billy etc seem to be her peers.Therefore if you enjoy any of their music you will appreciate this.Me?I'm off to investigate the earlier albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 July 2014
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Bought as a gift and was well received
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Dec. 2014
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Arrived on time, exactly as described
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