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Fun, Nostalgic, Alt-Bluegrass Americana
on July 17, 2012
Old Crow Medicine Show's hiatus didn't last long: announcing the break around August 2011 only for it to be concluded by December 2011. The hiatus came with change though -- founding member Willie Watson and mandolist Cory Younts parted ways with the band, and founding member Chris Fuqua rejoined for recording. Even though the member lineup may have changed, the band's sound for CARRY ME BACK stayed largely the same (Willie is featured on many of these tracks).
Marked with stand-up bass, fiddles, mandolins, and acoustic guitars, Old Crow Medicine Show has a very old-timey sound. The band pulls the sound off well, pleasing both fans of folk and bluegrass. Opening and title track "Carry Me Back" is a brisk, bluegrass tune that is both a great way to start the album and good message-statement to the world. The album follows the pace set by this title track: CARRY ME BACK stays upbeat, and its brisk pace makes the album over before you even know it. That's not too say the album feels too brief (the album is 37:01) -- it just feels like a bunch of friends having a good time. When the band slows its pacing for a few songs, it's to good effect ("Genevieve" and "Ways of Man.") While the band feels somewhat anachronistic in the modern day, they do a good job sounding like authentic pre-World War II musicians.
CARRY ME BACK will please both newcomers to the band and longtime listeners. Fans of the folk-based sides of Mumford and Sons, Trampled by Turtles, and the Avett Brothers might enjoy what Old Crow Medicine Show has to offer. This album also marks a good place to start listening to the band -- even though the music is very niche, it's very accessible. However, if you weren't convinced by the band's past work, this album won't change your mind. Standout tracks to sample/download: "Carry Me Back," "We Don't Grow Tobacco," and "Genevieve." Although past efforts might be a bit more consistent (like O.C.M.S.), CARRY ME BACK is a great entry to the band's discography.