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All Is Well


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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bedroom Community
  • ASIN: B000VT2TYA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sugar Baby
2. Little Johnny Brown
3. Saro
4. Wild Bill Jones
5. Wedding Dress
6. Fall On My Knees
7. Little Satchel
8. O Death
9. Prodigal Son
10. All Is Well

Editorial Reviews

2007 sophomore release from the American musician Sam Amidon. He proves himself to be a unique talent, drawing simultaneously on his experiences growing up a child of Folk musicians in Vermont, and his more recent work in New York with the experimental indie-rock bands Doveman and Stars Like Fleas. From the opening notes of the first track, 'Sugar Baby,' it's as clear that All Is Well is a different album from his previous offerings, and by the album centerpiece, the wistfully poignant 'Saro,' it's obvious that this album is very special, indeed. With horns erupting and dissipating around the listener, Amidon's trademark delivery is perfectly offset by the tenderly plucked notes of his six-string. Nico Muhly's orchestration is not the only addition to Amidon's barrel of sounds. In the length of an album, Amidon has struggled through gunfights, paternal tensions, religious guilt and the lonely life of a nomad, but he leaves us with the message that "all is well"; a defining statement that is bound to warm the hearts of even the coldest gun-slinger. Bedroom Community.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Noel A. Hodda on August 9, 2008
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I heard 'Little Satchel' from this album on the radio and had to track the cd down and it was worth it. The plaintive singing of these old songs accompanied by the restrained playing overlaid with Nico Muhly's absolutely contemporary orchestrations makes for a sublime experience: at times restful and at other times unsettling yet always beautiful. Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brady Earnhart on February 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
One reaches to think of how to describe the complement of raw and sophisticated music brought together on this album. Sam Amidon's voice & folk repertoire feel like a rough-hewn cherry wood centerpiece on a table of sterling settings. Like Frodo against a New Zealand backdrop. I have to echo reviews that call All Is Well "headphone music" (yes! in the tradition of, say, Nick Drake, early John Martyn, Iron and Wine) & that say it makes the public domain private again. But the production and Nico Muhly's arrangements also deserve the attention of fans of Steve Reich, or Bjork. You know how Bill Frisell has been taking old time music seriously into a jazz idiom? Amidon & his buddies do an even more ground-breaking thing with avant-garde orchestral music. Check it out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MA Reviewer on March 30, 2009
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Amidon has something that sinks deeper for me than many performers -- a connection not necessarily to the lyrics and narratives themselves, but to the act of singing that pulls me in -- entirely. He's an artist, and this CD is a work, that I'm eager to have people to discover and experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Mac. on August 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
So Beautiful...unbelievable. You [should be] be swept off your feet. Unassuming, musical [maybe the worst singer you'll hear, yet the most musical at the same time]. Don't be put off by the yokel approach, it is wonderful. Creative lyrically, and melodic and surprisingly rhythmically. This is great music.
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