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  • Audio CD (25 Aug. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone
  • ASIN: B00KZJX8IM
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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There's no backing off or backing down on Swimmin' Time, the duo's highly anticipated sophomore set as Shovels & Rope, an album that brims with the confidence, energy and sinew of a band that's accustomed to treating their career as a marathon, rather than a sprint. The album, recorded at the studio Michael Trent constructed in the couple's home, finds them cutting a new path through the sonic thickets they navigated so nimbly on their breakthrough bow, O' Be Joyful - a disc that won rave reviews from outlets like Mojo (which called it "thrilling") and Filter, which said "[they] were solid singer-songwriters on their own, but this is truly a thing of magic."

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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Feb. 2015
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Shovels & Rope are a great duo, combining the talents of now husband and wife Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst. I believe they recorded this album at their home, not a bad feat in itself, and their style is pure Americana, bringing together not just Folk, but other elements. Admittedly you may think others have done a lot of this before what with their style, and the subjects that the lyrics are about, but you have to admit that this duo do it a lot better than most, and they have definitely found a niche in the market, where it looks like they could become very settled and popular.

There is a stripped back feel to this album as such, like pure Americana they do try to keep it as simple as possible most of the time. Their vocalisation together certainly works, and there is a deep Blues element running through this album. With such an album title it will come as no surprise that this has water and watery themes running through it. There is nothing bad here, although I would say this does run from rock solid to inspirational at times. In all I am loving listening to this album, indeed I have already listened to it twice tonight alone.
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This is the third album from the South Carolina husband and wife alt-country duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst following on the heels of 2012's excellent "Oh be Joyful". The new album is a nice mix of rambunctious and rollicking country anthems tempered by some darker tracks which showcase the continuing development of this fine duo. In terms of this record it makes sense to dispense initially with a couple of missteps. The rather daft but mercifully short "Fish Assassin" could have left on the cutting room floor whilst the Tom Waits sounding "Ohio" just does not work and do we really need (post Gillian Welch) another song rhyming the Buckeye State's name with "me-oh-my-o"? Now that the complaints are out of the way lets accentuate the positive for the rest of the album is alt country gold.

Opener "The Devil is all Around" is a great slice of country gospel, while "Evil" has a nasty riff running through it where Trent and Hearst come over as a sort of malevolent Civil Wars devoid of any sweetness. The big highlight on "Swimmin' Time" is the dark rolling guitar ballad "After the Storm" where they move into Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris territory with consummate ease. It is a great vocal performance the couple with Hearst in particular deserving a mention in dispatches. There is nothing on the rest of the album that quite reaches this peak but the rock n roll ballad "Coping Mechanism" is great fun and "Stono River Blues" with its slightly Felice Brothers feel is a real grower. Finally "Mary Ann and One Eyed Dan" will bring a smile to your face with set of lyrics infused with wry humour.

"Swimmin' Time" is not a massive step forward from the previous record but it builds on that rawness and passionate delivery which make the band so endearing. It is understood that on stage they are a tremendous live act and with material like this seeing them in the raw would be a great prospect.
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Not as good as O be joyful as it has lost the raw sound.Get out of the studio and get back in the truck.
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What can I say , the best CD I've brought for ages. Raw, folky punk It is absolutely fab.
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Amazing !
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