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So who is in the cast list of this vast folk opera? Ladies and Gentleman we have -
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) as Orpheus
Greg Brown as Hades,
Ben Knox Miller (The Low Anthem) as Hermes,
Ani DiFranco as Persephone,
Anais Mitchell herself in the role of Eurydice
Unsurprisingly each shines brightly particularly Greg Brown who brings a Tom Waits like granite quality to the album and overall it is a mighty collaboration from a range of musicians who are at the top of their game. Highlights on a very long album include the sparkling opener "Wedding song" a duet between Mitchell and Vernon which is just beautiful and very accessible. Mitchell's voice clearly will lead to some comparisons with Joanna Newsom but is has its distinctive edge and the standard of her song writing throughout is first class.Read more ›
Enlisting a fantastic cast of distinctive voices has certainly made a difference, and it also helps that Ms Mitchell, when she applies her own voice, does so with touching grace and delicacy, and does so on songs that suit her vocal style. Everyone else gets their moments, as well, especially Ani DiFranco, who channels Mae West in "Our Lady of the Underground". There's also the stirring call-and-response of "Why We Build the Wall" with Greg Brown's growling voice lending a beautiful gravitas, the Haden Triplets' breathtaking harmonies on all their songs and even some gorgeous Brian Wilson-like "la la la"s (to use a technical term) make an appearance. This album is chock full of glorious moments, so many that it's almost impossible, actually, to pick them out. By the time the album fades out with the sad, resigned and heartbreaking "I Raise My Cup to Him" I was almost in tears.
It's thrilling to find an album that draws on so many styles and influences and yet still manages to come up with something this fresh, this beautiful and this soulful.Read more ›
I read many of the reviews but decided a folk-opera based on Greek myths didn't sound like my kind of thing. Further, I don't really like Mitchell's squeaky Kate Bush-like voice.
I was very wrong.
This album is unlike anything I've heard before: you can't say to someone 'if you like so-and-so, you'll like this'. It is the albums very originality that is breathtaking. That said, there are echoes of Tom Waits, Dr John, Bon Iver, Joanna Newsom, Randy Newman and Bertold Brecht.
The songs are fabulous and gloriously arranged - some you feel you've known all your life.
In 'Why We Build The Wall' the album has the best song I've heard since.........? - a parable of ancient myth and modern political statement.
In all the album is a miracle, an utter joy which I feel would have a large public if only people got to hear it.
Give it a chance
Her song writing is artistic, poetic, imaginative, thought prevoking, theatrical and extremely entertaining.
In Hadestown she has excelled and created a masterpiece.
A folk opera of genius proportions.
The cast have been hand picked to perfection.
She has Justin Vernon of Bon Iver ( Orpheus ) - Greg Brown ( Hades ) - Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem ( Hermes ) Ani Difranco ( Persephone ) and Anais is cast as Eurydice.
Each of these astounding individuals bring their own unique flavour to this complete " Classic " of an album - it couldn't really fail.
The reviewer RED ON BLACK from Cardiff sums it up so beautifully and eloquently that I will, simply, refer everyone to this wonderful review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic album, which I will be buying again for friends of mine. Why we build the wall is powerful and so current.Published 11 months ago by Monko
all of the products met with my full approval, and were diliverd on time good service many thanksPublished 19 months ago by anthony pountain
Heard the Wall sung by the composer was surprised on receiving the CD to find it sung by someone else.Published 20 months ago by F. Lerner
Beautifully structured rendition of the Persephone story as she is seduced to live with Orpheus. Wonderful singing.Published 20 months ago by Tess
I've listened to this album nearly every day for the past 6 weeks. It's become a bit of an obsession. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A Customer
CD was not possible to play the on the last song due to damage, large scratch and dents
I bought this upon release based upon a single review. I'm not sure why I was so impulsive but the review just shouted out that this was a CD worth buying, an investment. Read morePublished on 23 Oct. 2013 by Moose Davies III