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Young Man in America
 
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Young Man in America

13 Feb. 2012 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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So many great female singer songwriters out there - Gillian Welch, Laura Cantrell, Lucinda Williams, Mary Gaulthier, The Unthanks, Kate Rusby - to name but a few. Suffice to say Anais Mitchell is right up there with the best on the evidence of this album. Love the vulnerable, innocent quality of her voice, the poetic quality of the song structure and lyrics, the gorgeous, multi-layered but understated backing.
It's subtle and restrained but quietly uplifting. Highly recommended.
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I discovered Anais Mitchell about two years ago when a friend introduced her album Hymns For The Exiled to me and I have been a fan ever since, whilst her efforts to mingle folk with opera in Hadestown was a real treat. This is a more pastoral work and more a romantic hymn to her homeland of America than is evident in her past works, creating a conscious link to folk tradition. It doesn't have the same spark as her earlier works but it is tracks like Wilderland, Venus and Annmarie show us she is still one of the most prodigious (and underrated) talents around.
Buy it, it will definitely grow on you. 9/10.
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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Feb. 2013
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I agree with the enthusiastic reviews here - this is an excellent album. I only came across Anais Mitchell recently when I tried her Child Ballads album Child Ballads. I was sufficiently impressed to try this album too, and I think it is excellent.

Mitchell writes tuneful, intelligent songs which often tell a story with poignant insight into people's lives. She sings them beautifully in a slightly wispy voice which may not be to everyone's taste but which I find very affecting in this material. She and her fellow musicians are excellent, and the arrangement and production shows the songs off perfectly, in my view. It's a really classy, grown-up album which is a pleasure to listen to because of its lovely melodic and harmonic content, but also with the depth to stay with you and make you think.

I think I have been missing out badly by not hearing Anais Mitchell until now, and I intend to get the rest of her work soon. This is a really excellent album which I recommend very warmly.
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Just listen to the title track and 'Coming Down".
If the hairs on the back of your neck don't go up.....check your pulse...yep, you died some time previously, for sure.
More accomplished than 'Hadestown".
Less contrived than Joanna Newsom.
Not as depressing as Gillian Welsh.
As sweet as Ron Sexsmith's very first offering.
As scary as Kate Bush at her best and as pure as Kate Rusby at her unadulterated earliest.
Dark,brooding,achingly beautiful with stunning lyrics.
My album of 2012 and its only February!
Can't see anyone topping this.
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I am a late arrival at the feist, I have only very recently heard of this remarkable young woman. Okay so the thing that made my ears prick up was the shades of Joanna Newsom in her voice but I very quickly realised that this was not just a copycat sound; there is real substance here.

This albums is just the latest in a short string of brilliantly conceived albums by Anais Mitchell. What is clear is that she has a very clear grasp of her craft. Brilliantly written songs; beautifully executed. She is one of the new breed of folk artists who understand that folk music must be about contemporary themes. There is still a place for those who keep traditional songs and themes alive but there is a real grounds swell of folk artistsb who are moving the music forward.

Not taht i care much about genre, it's all just music, the disticntion must always be if it is good or bad and this is definitely the former.

Thsi album is rather beautifully packaged in a cardboard folder, but what is also clear is that the designer also understands how the cover will look on an iPod.
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Anais Mitchell is a Vermont born American Folk singer/songwriter and one of immense talent.

In "Young Man in America" Anais with her almost vulnerable sweet vocals takes that staid old genre called Folk and brings it into the 21st century with breath takingly poignant and achingly beautiful storytelling of tales of both filial and lovers complexity of emotions.
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I found out about Anais Mitchell through Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, when he tweeted about her: "coming down" is a song on @anaismitchell 's record 'young man in america' coming out this spring... and it is a truly masterful song." And: he is right. Even better. Its a breathtaking album. My favorite album of the year so far. Bought it yesterday and i have to say: This is the best piece of music for a long time. 10/10.
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'Young Man in America' is an utter joy to listen to. Refreshingly good songwriting with glorious hooks and lyrics that resonate and capture so much. She is consistently developing as a writer and I cannot wait for her next release.
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