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  • Audio CD (June 11, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Yep Roc Records
  • ASIN: B00BTHR0OW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Americana singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan spent the last 10 years playing in the celebrated progressive string band, Crooked Still, and has been collaborating with numerous other artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Ollabelle, Sometymes Why, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Sara Watkins, and Kathy Mattea to name a few. Aoife's writing came to the attention of Alison Krauss, when she recorded Aoife's "Lay My Burden Down" in 2011 for her album Paper Airplane. This is a priority release, with several things planned: An aggressive radio promo tour the entire month of May, dedicated solely to station visits and performances at the likes of Mountain Stage, Woodsongs and Music City Roots.

Customer Reviews

Every song on the album is good.
Andrew R Williams
Her voice is haunting and beautiful, as are the songs.
MClarke
She has a great voice and the music is great.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 14, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a very well-crafted album of good songs, well sung and with skilful production. The effect is lovely and it makes a pleasing listen. It is somewhere in the alt-country/Americana genre with a nice variety of songs which are tuneful, often pleasantly infectious and lyrically pretty good. Aoife O'Donovan has a very nice voice which reminds me rather of Ruth Moody's (a very good thing!) and in the songs and arrangements I caught elements of Edie Brickell, Joni Mitchell and even Joan Armatrading in places. With influences from musical giants like these I ought to have loved the album. I do like it, but something at its heart just doesn't quite do it for me.

I have tried to put my finger on the precise problem and have failed, but it is something to do with a slight slickness which, for me anyway, just takes the edge off real sincerity here. The production is in many ways perfect - the lovely vocal harmonies, the tastefully placed and mixed lead guitar, the impeccably restrained and yearning pedal steel and so on - but I just feel at times as though a very glossy product is being marketed rather than sincere music being played, and a sense of having heard this track before even though I hadn't.

It may be unfair even to mention this because it is such an elusive and personal feeling, and I certainly wouldn't want to put anyone off the album. Aoife O'Donovan is a rightly respected artist through her work with Crooked Still among other things, and Alison Krauss recorded her song Lay My Burden Down (the opening track on this album) on Paper Airplane so she's plainly well respected as a songwriter, too. It's just...you know how sometimes an album doesn't quite reach you as it should, somehow?

No-one with an interest in this genre could possibly dislike the album and many people will love it - and fair enough. I'd suggest that you try it; you certainly won't hate it and may well not share my reservation and love it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David Linz on June 13, 2013
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Don't let the strange cover of this album dissuade you...

For fans of Crooked Still, the long wait for the beginning of Aoife O'Donovan's solo career is finally over; and it does not disappoint. Although the style is much more rock-influenced than Aoife's previous work, the same distinct voice and song-writing still shine through. This album is certainly not for people looking for a re-hash of Crooked Still. The old-timey string and banjo accompaniment with acoustic focus are now replaced by a more polished sound complete with electric guitars and drums. Still, Aoife's songs still have the same melancholy sentimental tone drenched in folk and Americana influences. Fans of Patty Griffin, Ruth Moody, Neko Case and Gillian Welch will love this album. However, not for bluegrass purists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rufus T. on August 10, 2013
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I'm a fan of Ms. O'Donovan's work with Crooked Still, the progressive Boston-based quasi-bluegrass quintet. In this album, her first full-length record as a solo artist, she puts her greatest strength, her songwriting skills, at the forefront. The instrumentation is markedly different than her previous work. Banjo is barely present on a tune or two, and there's no fiddle or cello to speak of. Rather, the line-up of musical instruments includes Aoife's own acoustic guitar accompanied by electric guitars, bass, drum kit, and stellar pedal steel guitar work by fellow Bostonian Charlie Rose (not the PBS talk show host). The production values are top-flight, the arrangements and sound mixing radio-friendly, and the original songs are very melodic and satisfyingly diverse in style. One could make a comparison with a non-Union Station "solo" album by Alison Krauss. The only caveat is AO'D's singing voice - if you're not familiar with it, it'll come across as too whispery-soft and weak in places. Sometimes her enunciation isn't clear and the softness gets buried in the mix behind the backing band. I have trouble deciphering lyrics. But it's a pleasant enough voice and she doesn't stray off-key. For me, the quality of her compositions and tight focus on melody & use of unconventional rhythm more than makes up for a perceived lack of vocal power. If she doesn't find huge commercial success as a singer, she certainly can be a fountain of beautiful songs for others, as proven with "Lay My Burden Down" recorded by AKUS on their 2011 release Paper Airplane.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Arthurly on June 11, 2013
Format: Audio CD
A roaring success for Aiofe's first solo effort. Followed Crooked Still and saw them in London. This really lives up to expectations - the smooth, cool qualities of her voice are accepted but it's the range of the songs, the arrangements and musicianship that really make this an instant hit. A total delight, though what on earth they were thinking when they came up with that cover shot I don't know. 'Lets make her look as dopey as possible guys"?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex on June 24, 2013
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....amazing! Aoife's voice is unlike any other. I've listened to her for about 8 years and it just perfect. Angelic, fun, sophisticated.... what more is there? If you've heard her with Crooked Still or on other songs, you know very well what I mean. Get this CD, you'll love it. I give it a 10 out of 5.
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