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O' Be Joyful

Shovels & RopeAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Shovels & Rope is a Charleston, South Carolina-based duo consisting of Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent. They perform as an energetic two-piece band, stirring up a righteous racket with two old guitars, a handful of harmonicas, the occasional keyboard, and a junkyard drum kit harvested from an actual garbage heap and adorned with tambourines, flowers and kitchen rags. The songs are the ... Read more in Amazon's Shovels & Rope Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 31, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • ASIN: B008645Y9E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,074 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Shovels & Rope consists of two artists with music careers prior to joining forces. Cary Ann Hearst is an acclaimed singer/songwriter who has been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition and had her song "Hell Bells" used in HBO's True Blood. Michael Trent is a celebrated solo artist and the former singer/guitarist of band The Films. O' Be Joyful is a raw, honest, gritty offering with pure energy, distinctive harmonies and stellar songwriting.

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mixed emotions February 19, 2013
By bbb919
Format:MP3 Music
I was introduced to Shovels & Rope at a music festival where they easily upstaged the headliner. Then I went online and watched some videos of other live performances they have done. Then I bought this album and barely recognized some of the tracks. This album is part of a growing trend where technology is ruining music. I am completely baffled by some of the production and editing decisions that were made on some of these tracks. These are two of the most honest, genuine and talented musicians I have come across in a long time and so much of that simple charm is lost in these recordings. Go to YouTube and watch their studio performance for KEXP. Anyone who says what is on this album is better than what they did live in that studio is completely out of their mind. Their KEXP performance of Hail Hail is amazing and was the highlight of that performance for me. However, the version of Hail Hail on the album is easily the low point and is almost painful to listen to. This is one of those bands where simplicity is they key. Why would you pollute this music with unnecessary effects and instrumentation? I just don't get it.

Moral of the story, watch all of their live performances on YouTube and never miss an opportunity to see them live. As far as buying this album, I'd prefer a live version.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. See them live. July 31, 2012
By Marko
Format:Audio CD
Take a chance on this disc. You will enjoy it.

These two have the art of entertainment down pat. They are upbeat, energetic, lively, and incredibly talented singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists. As well as a couple of super cool, down-to-earth, accessible people. The music is folk-rock, as many instruments as a two-(wo)man band can muster in a song. They write striking lyrics, funny lyrics, plain old folk stories. Lots of songs about outlaws. And who doesn't like a song about outlaws?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love these two January 30, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is at least as good as their other collaboration - which is saying quite a bit. I caught the end of their set opening for Hayes Carll a year or so ago and bought three of their CD's (their self-titled collaboration, Cary Ann Hearst's "Lions and Lambs" and Michael Trent's "The Winner") on the way out. I've been kicking myself for not catching the entire set ever since. The albums have been three of my favorites this entire time. They sound amazing on their albums (both for Shovels and Ropes as well as on their respective solo albums), but are even better live - which speaks volumes as to their talent. I highly recommend all of their work to anyone who loves Americana. I only hope that they play near here again soon.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shovels and Rope rock August 4, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
My wife and I saw Shovels and Rope last night (August 3, 2012) at the Mural Amphitheatre in Seattle. I'd purchased O' Be Joyful to get ready for the show. I loved this album instantly. And I almost never say that. However, as great as the album is, their live performance was even better. I see a lot of shows. But these two were at the top of my list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have for the indie rock/bluegrass enthusiast August 20, 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
O' Be Joyful is a country, bluegrass, blues, indie rock real Americana kind of album from a singer-songwriter couple of which the likes we haven't heard from since Johnny and June
Raw and powerful yet melodic harmonies that anyone will enjoy
One of the best albums I've purchased in years
I have it on mp3, cd and vinyl and listen to it all the time
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Brew from Hearst and Trent December 11, 2012
Format:Audio CD
O' BE JOYFUL is way up on our shortlist of great gifts for the season. Ever listen to a song and you pretty much know what's going to happen next? That NEVER happens on this album, not once. Killer vocal harmonies, New Orleans brass meets generosity along the grassy, hill-country backroads of Mississippi, unfolding choruses, songs that capture the sweetness and chaos of lived-in relationships, arrangements that only follow ebbs and flows of spirit -- do have to go on? The songwriting chops of Cary Ann Hearst feel like they were born in a bottomless well. In shades both precious and sultry, she sings lines like "You gotta copperhead kiss hidden up your sleeve" as if they were throwaways, and the melding of her voices with partner Michael Trent render grit and lilies into the miraculous. Buy this album! --Stephen Eric Berry, SwarfBomb Records, LLC, Ann Arbor, MI.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Since today's country music is bad version of rock and pop, I had to discover another style of music that had a country feel but without the dominance of blue grass influence. While living in Johnson City Tennessee, I discover the wonderful sound of folk music and I have been trying to discover great folk style of music and Shovel & Ropes was one of the first bands that I enjoyed purchasing for my collection. I love the contrast of the musician voices and the flow of the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brand new fan January 28, 2014
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These cats are fantastic. Very deserving of a listen. I saw them on the television and bought the album immediately. Can't wait for their next effort.
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