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Well it's a goddamn shame what's going down
How we got to this I do not know
There's a sick sick wind that is blowin' 'round
And the captain's got to go

Sung over a martial drumbeat comes the first lines of "Mutiny," the opening track on William Elliott Whitmore's ANTI- Records debut Animals In The Dark, and it is immediately apparent that ... Read more in Amazon's William Elliott Whitmore Store

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  • Audio CD (February 17, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B001NJY5GM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,360 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mutiny
2. Who Stole The Soul
3. Johnny Law
4. Old Devils
5. Hell Or High Water
6. There's Hope For You
7. Hard Times
8. Lifetime Underground
9. Let The Rain Come In
10. Good Day To Die, A

Editorial Reviews

The songs on this Anti debut sound cultivated from the fertile, treacherous Mississippi mud that surrounds him. Whitmore's ability to balance contrasts - suffering and humor, truth and fancy, the literary and the earthy - places him in a tradition that has drawn young dissidents to folk music since before Dylan's time. With two albums behind him featuring his stunning voice - a powerful instrument that can recall Leadbelly and Otis Redding within the same song - and traditional banjo and guitar, Whitmore has made a name for himself in both the punk and roots communities. RIYL: Bon Iver, Band Of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Bob Dylan, Drive By Truckers, Lucinda Williams, Billy Bragg.

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Highly recommended for fans of blues, folk and bluegrass.
Record Collector
This guy is unreal, once you listen to this cd you will want to hear his others and they are all worth listening to.
Alane P Mallet
His voice converys all these ideas and moods with deep conviction and natural ingenuity.
Feivel

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Hicks on February 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you've never heard Will Whitmore before, his music is like a bluesy, bluegrass, folk type. He's only in his early 30's but his voice sounds weathered like he's been around a while. His music is great. I've seen him twice, have all his albums, and his latest "Animals in the Dark", is amazing. It seems a bit more uplifting than his past albums, but the tiring soul is still there. Every song is a story from his life, and that's why I think when you listen to him, you feel connected to his music. This album will not dissapoint anyone. It's amazing how he has gone under the radar, so to speak, when his music and voice are so good. When you listen to this album, it makes you want to go crawl into a log cabin, throw some logs on the fire, sit back with friends and loved ones, and drink some brew.
Pick this album up! You will love it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Record Collector on April 5, 2009
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Contrary to the product description, Whitmore actually has 3+ previous recordings (all on the Southern label). The trilogy -- Hymns for the Hopeless, Ashes to Dust and Song of the Blackbird -- share personal themes of love and loss, sin and grace; all amidst the backdrop of southeast Iowa and the Mississippi river. The duet EP Hallways of Always features tracks with fellow musician and friend Jenny Hoyston (Erase Errata) and has a more country flare. Hallways of Always was recorded by Luke Tweedy of Flat Black Studios who also recorded Animals in the Dark.

Animals in the Dark strays slightly from the personal narratives of his previous albums and focuses on larger political themes with more anthemic style. But for fans of his previous albums -- don't fret, there's plenty of Whitmore hollerin' style and banjo pluckin' to go around.

Highly recommended for fans of blues, folk and bluegrass. Or anything for that matter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robynn Lee Wagner on April 12, 2009
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I down loaded the free song and fell in love with this gravely voiced soulful singer, and had to buy the rest of the album. I will be purchasing more of this artist. Very real themes, beautifully thought out and just damn good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RoastBeefSalad on December 29, 2009
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I will start by saying that William Elliott Whitmore is one of the most honest lyricists of his (our) generation. He writes songs that cut straight to the bone. His previous three albums play like a doom-laden trilogy on the fall of humanity. Animals in the Dark however, is a step forward. Though still dark and brooding at times, Whitmore lends a darkly cynical sense of humor to the proceedings. (Johnny Law for instance)

Dark though it can be, for the first time light can be seen at the end of it all. Songs like "There's Hope for You" and "Hell or High Water" are easily some of the best work he's ever written.

Though still mostly stripped down acoustic, or banjo driven blues ballads, several of the songs feature little touches, like Cello, or keyboards. Just enough to make it different from his previous work, but not so much as to feel like a 180

Highly recommended to any blues enthusiast. And honestly, why can't other people my age (mid 20s) listen to this kind of thing?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Jones on February 24, 2009
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Great lyrical content, great voice, I would highly recommend this to anyone. Not a bad song on it!
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By Feivel on March 7, 2009
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This guy is so soulfully deep, so movingly down-to-earth, so emotionally REAL, that it's a little hard to believe. Traditionally rooted and heart-felt, Whitmore has a deep, strong, slightly gravelly voice that will take you down to the river, back through time, to a place of true American musical spirit. He sings with righteous wrath about the evils of exploitation and abuses of power. He also sings about hanging on through tough times, about comradery and mournful hope. His voice converys all these ideas and moods with deep conviction and natural ingenuity. This music is gut-level familiar but with a fresh and catchy twist. If no-flash musical brilliance and honest artistry are what you're after, please give this a listen.
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By Sela' on January 11, 2011
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A bartender in Iowa turned me on to Mr. Whitmore and I've been over-tipping him ever since. Animals In The Dark is damn near perfect, and if you're sick of AutoTuned popsters this is for you. And if you're not, it could bring you back to Earth.
Old Devils, There's Hope For You, and Mutiny are greatGREAT tracks (though they all are) to check if you're wafflin' on whether to get this album or not, but really - just get the thing and let it transport you, open your soul, and bring you sweet relief in these trying times. I swear you won't be disappointed. Mr. Whitmore is a huge talent, a terrific musician, and obviously his banjo loves him. Deserves TEN stars. Cheers, Mr. W.!
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By J. Downing on January 16, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have this on vinyl and MP3 (the vinyl came with a free MP3 download also) and it's in heavy rotation on my turntable and also my iPhone. There is not a bad song on it. I've also seen Whitmore play live about 10 times (I live in Iowa) and he always puts on a great show and sounds amazing. I can't recommend this album enough. His others are very good also.
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