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  • Audio CD (9 Jan. 2017)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000HXDUTS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Well, this one is different! I've always loved cello music, whether by Jacqueline du Pre, Julian LLoyd Webber, or indeed,on Albert Lee's lovely version of Buddy Holly's 'Learning The Game'. Crooked Still are what one might term alt. bluegrass, They clearly have a deep feel for music in the American tradition, folk, blues and bluegrass, albeit with rock overtones. Their music here is firmly built around guitar, banjo, upright bass - and the cello, where the fiddle might be expected. Various guest musicians add excellent support. Aoife O'Donovan's breathy vocals are reminiscent of Alison Krauss, if more low-key, and throughout the harmonies here are beautiful. The musicianship is superb, if at times stopping just short of self-indulgence. The album kicks off with a fine version of Bill Monroe's 'Can't You Hear Me Callin'?', and contains an interesting take on Robert Johnson's 'Come On In My Kitchen'. The cello is featured prominently. I loved the hauntingly sombre 'Ecstacy' and the mournful last track, 'Wind And Rain', which somehow brought to mind 'Green Grow The Rushes'. In fact, the cello enables Crooked Still to do sombre very well, to contrast the more uptempo numbers and the lively 'Mountain Jumper'. This is a fine album, some way down the line from their roots perhaps, but always retaining that old-timey spirit and tradition.
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Fantastic album if you like blue grass and American roots music.
I can't fault the album. Every track is a winner.
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Love the CD from A to Z. An unusual instrumentation and a stunning voice put together with inventive melodies. I couldn't get bored of it if I tried. Brilliant stuff.
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Fantastic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Solid follow-up to "Hop High", but with a muted edge 10 May 2007
By C. R. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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So, what do you get when you combine a lead singer with an airy, sultry, velvety smooth voice, a rocking double bass, a banjo player that actually earned his Ph.D. from MIT, and a cellist that's totally bonkers? You get Crooked Still, a band who's unique style of bluegrass music is turning heads wherever they play. I had the fortune of stumbling across these guys at Merlefest and I was hooked from the first song. Their style of music is generally referred to as "Alternative Bluegrass"; basically, they take a traditional song, break it down, and then add their own unique rhythm and melody. These guys take a _very_ creative approach to bluegrass/American folk music (for example, flat-picking a cello), and if your listening habits tend towards the more traditional approach, this may not be the band for you. As good as they are, I'm hoping at some point they will start creating some original material. Also, as many have noted, their second album "Shaken by a low sound" lacks the freshness and edge of both their first album and the live performances of the songs on the album--though that may reflect the influence of the label rather than a conscious decision by the band. Bottom line: if you can only purchase one Crooked Still album, get the first one, "Hop High". If you get a chance to see this band live, do so. You won't be disappointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Less is More 16 Feb. 2008
By Mad Dog - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this CD after exchanging email with the banjo player Dr. Greg Liszt, who played with Springsteen during the Sessions tour. Dr. Liszt was very cordial and down to earth in correspondence and peaked my interest in his band. Clearly a large entourage such as that of the Springsteen band creates a huge sound. The really interesting and enjoyable thing about Crooked Still is the amazing amount of music you get from just four people. I have found listening to their music via ear plugs is the best way to appreciate the intricacy and "largeness" of their talent. It would be an injustice to tout any one band member's talent over another, as they each contribute uniquely to a soulful sound. I try to isolate my attention to each band member and I find I am increasingly amazed at how talented each is. From an arrangement standpoint, they seem to work to highlight each member throughout the album so that one person does not shine above the rest.

Needless to say, you can't go wrong with this CD or the earlier work, Hop High. The band members seem to work in a team to produce music that is fits a wide range of listening settings. I have found their music to be calming in a traffic jam, appropriate to play at the office, gentle enough to listen to in the early morning during breakfast and relaxing in the evening.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Father's Bluegrass 23 July 2007
By C. B. Propert - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife and I had never heard of Crooked Still when they opened for Chris Smither last fall at The Birchmere, in Alexandria, Virginia. So when someone at our table said that they were "a bluegrass band," we were a little disappointed, not really being bluegrass fans. Well, these four musicians are not your father's bluegrass band. (We got a hint of this even before they started to play, when, during set-up, Rushad Eggleston, their cellist, came out to tune his cello. Dressed in a flashy red-white-and-blue rodeo shirt, wearing a coonskin cap, and with a vaguely wild look in his eyes, Eggleston tuned his instument, tested the sound, and then, before returning backstage, gently kissed his cello before laying it in its stand.) From the first tune to the last, Crooked Still just blew us - and everyone else in the place - away. Imagine traditional "bluegrass" music rethought, infused with true passion and soul, and performed by a group of consummate young musicians with an authentic artistic sensibility, and you pretty much have Crooked Still. I cannot recommend this CD - or their first, "Hop High" - highly enough. If you're a fan of acoustic music, you should also seek out a live performance by these musicians. (Seeing firsthand the energy with which Rushad Eggleston plays his cello is, alone, worth the price of admission.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars hauntingly beautiful 14 May 2007
By Stephen C. Rasche - Published on Amazon.com
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my wife and i heard aoife o'donovan a couple of times when she was one of the singers with wayfaring strangers. when we were perusing the concert schedule at the somerville theatre my wife recognized her name as the vocalist for the band crooked still. we decided to give it a try but we weren't sure what to expect. within the first 10 seconds of the concert i was in love with the group. we travelled over to vermont later that month to hear them again and then travelled down to club passim in cambridge a couple of months later for a tuesday 10 o'clock at night concert to try out new material. we're going to see them again in july. i've bought four copies of each of their cd's, one copy for us and the others for friends. i am thinking of rewriting my will and leaving everything to aoife if she will sing at my funeral.

i really like wayfaring strangers and have lent my wayfaring strangers cd's to friends and relatives. hardly anyone cares for them as much as i do and i understand that it can take some getting used to. crooked still is not like that. it is so accessible that i think just about anyone would like it and some people will love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Aoife O'Donovan has a beautiful voice similar to Alison Krauss 13 Oct. 2016
By Laurel - Published on Amazon.com
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Aoife O'Donovan has a beautiful voice similar to Alison Krauss, and the instrumental is clear, well thought out, and everything I want out of bluegrass. I've enjoyed this album substantially!
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