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  • Audio CD (May 25, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Appleseed Records
  • ASIN: B00020HB4G
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The commercial and critical success of the "old-time"/bluegrass-drenched music in the 2000 movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou," its "Down from the Mountain" tour-film spin off, and recent "Cold Mountain" blockbuster proved that millions of Americans were eager to connect to their country’s musical roots. This second solo CD by Tim Eriksen, already a burgeoning cult figure as one of the leading U.S. traditional folk balladeers, should be their next focus.

Eriksen, featured vocalist on three "Cold Mountain" songs and arranger of two "shape note" songs on the soundtrack, sees music as a link between the past and present and between individuals and communities, which has led him to the ten traditional American folk ballads he reanimates here and the four haunting original compositions that comprise this view of pre-20th Century life and its 21st Century resonance. Tim brings sounds of the American past into the "now," starting with the first track, an original a cappella salute to sunrise in the strong, brave tenor voice that has won him awe. He follows with chilling accounts of the Civil War, the lament of a traveling preacher (one of two songs utilizing harmonic, "overtone" singing that imitates the buzz of nature), murder ballads, and sprinkles in a pair of instrumentals. Tim’s has a scholar’s instinct for uncovering obscure, often unrecorded folks songs, and his liner notes give a fascinating insight into their history and his own sensibilities. Tim’s two other compositions are "A Tiny Crown," a tale of imagination, reality and sea monkeys, and the eerie, hovering title song.

Using the same minimal, live-in-the-studio technique as on his first CD, Tim performs alone here, cycling between guitar, banjo, and fiddle without overdubs, an approach in keeping with the direct connection between Tim, his music and his listeners.

Review

"A starkly beautiful journey well worth taking." -- Dirty Linen, August/September 2004

"Eriksen seems to speak from the graves of long-ago eras, so expressive and uncommonly genuine are his root-bare recitations." -- The Isthmus, Madison, WI.

"Eriksen's stark, no frills approach makes every song spring to vibrant life..." -- Harp, October 2004

"Utterly singular . . .A wonderful collection of old-time folk obscurities . . . Eriksen’s voice sounds hewn from oak." -- Uncut (UK), August 2004

"[A] soulful collection of mostly traditional tunes...He's a storyteller at heart, with a distinctive, unvarnished voice." -- Washington Post, May 28, 2004

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ethan Hein on August 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
What a pleasure to be sitting here listening to a new austerely beautiful and enigmatic CD from one of my favorite musicians in the world. It's amazing to me that Tim can sound so individual and idiosyncratic within the self-imposed confines of his stark, traditional sonic palette. The only analogy I can think of would be Bjork doing a whole album accompanied solely by harpsichord and viola de gamba.

As usual, Tim's voice is arrestingly intense, sometimes even desperate, but always with that deadpan Appalachian affect that conveys a kind of weather-beaten optimism. And as usual, his guitar and banjo playing are intricate, driving, sometimes hypnotically repetitive, sometimes jagged, always lush and transporting. He makes self-deprecating comments about his fiddle playing in the liner notes, but it's becoming more confident, and its dry tone suits his hymnal material well. He's broadened his vocal technique in subtle ways as well, with more whistling, humming and overtone singing than on his previous recordings.

Tim always gets me shaking my head in awe at the little details in his music. The guitar arpeggio and hummed line that open A Tiny Crown manage to be ominously dissonant and delicately graceful at the same time. And that's the first three seconds - I've been listening to it over and over trying to wrap my head around the rest of it. In John Colby's Hymn, listen to the way he extends the word "share" into overtone singing. On Careless Love and other tunes, listen to the way he lets notes a half-step apart ring on adjacent strings of the guitar - it should be dark and conflicting, but like Thelonious Monk's chords, it's so wrong it's right. Listen to the spitting, thumping sound he gets from his fingerpicking.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Clark on May 30, 2004
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There is no finer young singer of traditional American music than Tim Eriksen. His performance is austere, even demanding, and it is more chill wind than warm breeze. He sings inside a 19th Century of sheer existential intensity, conjuring up visions of a Southern church of Sacred Harp singers or a blood-soaked Civil War battlefield or a murderer's icy heart, and confronting life at its most elemental in its friendships, loves, hates, mortality, and fate. His gaze is straight, and it never flinches.
Eriksen's repertoire mostly eschews familiar titles from the American folk canon. Only "Careless Love," "Two Sisters," and "Omie Wise" leap to easy recognition, though his readings of each are distinctive. The first, however, is one of the rare moments that betray Eriksen's linkage to the modern folk revival. The languid arrangement brings to mind the work of the brilliant (though sadly no longer active) British ballad singer/guitarist Nic Jones. The original "A Tiny Crown" is slightly reminiscent of another British folk guitarist, Bert Jansch (or, for that matter, the early, Jansch-besotted Donovan, before he went all wacky). You need not have heard of Jones or Jansch to be moved -- or, more likely, unsettled -- by what Eriksen does with these songs.
In the purely technical or aural sense the sound is crisp as a gorgeous fall day. Yes, the album was recorded in the basement studio of my old friend, the Twin Cities guitarist and producer Dakota Dave Hull, but I would admire it wherever it came from. If 2004 ushers into the world a superior example of hard-core folk at its most brilliantly flinty, I will be very, very surprised.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christina Shaw on September 8, 2009
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I've seen Tim in person and he comes across just as well in person. I love this CD!
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Stark and haunted, and haunting. It's like I got a download from the early days of American music in New England.
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By E. Ives on December 31, 2012
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After realizing how much I loved this artist (I purchased Soul of the January Hills first and then found his album Tim Erikson), I knew that I wanted to purchase anything that he had recorded. This album has a lot more music with his singing, which is not a bad thing. I actually like that this is a bit different from his other albums so that I can get a mixture of vocals and music. I would recommend this album to anyone!
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