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This album has the uncanny ability to simultaneously recall an alt-folk hoedown and to allow for moments of restrained introspection. The Low Anthem hail from Rhode Island but their home is distinctly less Eastern-seaboard and more Mid-Western. The double indication lies in album closer `To Ohio (Reprise)' and second track `To Ohio', which start in Louisiana before heading North.
The gentle title track `Charlie Darwin' recalls a more melodic Band of Horses or a falsetto My Morning Jacket. This pretty voice comes on all the more gruffly for the stomping `Horizon Is A Beltway' and is positively growling for the moonshine-soaked square-dance that is `Home I'll Never Be'.
`Ticket Taker' is pure Everett of Eels fame and could well have come from their sparse and tragic Blinking Lights And Other Revelations album. It also witnesses use of the much-undervalued clarinet. `Champion Angel' sounds like an early Kings of Leon record, before they went all stadium: stately in its Southern flavour and liberal harmonica.
Certain tracks are a little plodding and in isolation would struggle to captivate the listener (Cage The Songbird), but serve The Low Anthem as a satisfying, if uneventful, canvas on which to paint the stronger numbers.Read more ›
The songs,some upbeat,some not,are all listenable,and if this is an indication on the talent,this is a band to be reckoned with,particularly listen out for"Ohio" "Charlie Darwin" and "To the ghosts who wrote the history books"beautiful and eerie.
I have the earlier 2008 version of the album which was available from the bands website and frankly I am not certain why it's a "special edition". The production is crystal clear and the songs are superbly crafted and either the old or new will delight you. It is difficult to know where to start on this album because it holds many surprises. First up are two songs which are as stunningly beautiful as anything you will hear this year and have an ambience that can only be rarely found on such albums as Bon Iver's "For Emma Forever ago" or the Fleet Foxes "Sun Giant EP". They must surely represent two of the best songs to come out of the Americana genre in recent years.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Magical songs, instruments and voices... unique... love the whole albumPublished 14 months ago by penelope andrea mitchell
beautifully constructed music with space to breathe, The Low Anthem continue to produce music of the highest quality in an almost simplistic form, brilliant.Published on 14 Jan. 2014 by Ali Rae
Great order as stated. Stand out music and well worth a listen if into folk rock with some really good tracks.Published on 30 Sept. 2013 by sam
Excellent service delievered promptly for a classy album by a genius artist. Recommended if you appreciate quality in your music.Published on 3 Jun. 2013 by Fnpig
The slow and the bippety-boppety - and the openning track will squeeze tears of life affirmation from places you didn't even know still existed on that aching body of yours.Published on 12 Mar. 2013 by Ken Byrne
I came to this from a bit of an odd angle, and I am glad I did. Tom Jones recently covered the song Charlie Darwin from this album on his 2012 release `Spirit in the Room', and I... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2012 by Victor
I have come to this late, at least three years after is was released. But I'm really glad I found it. Read morePublished on 2 Jun. 2012 by Dan Mollett
I bought this album after hearing "Champion Angel" being played on a HMV store stereo during a particularly slow Sunday afternoon. Read morePublished on 1 Nov. 2011 by Owain Thomas