Oh My God Charlie Darwin (Standard)

June 9, 2009 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: June 9, 2009
  • Release Date: June 9, 2009
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2009 Nonesuch Records Inc. for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.
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  • Total Length: 41:31
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  • ASIN: B002BHXOHQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,336 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Rest of the album is more mellow, but just as good.
Janine Weiche
I've really come to appreciate this groups style-sense in their music writing, their sound and their cohesiveness in musicianship with this album.
Hoosier Fan
These guys are some of the best out there right now.
drawingthoughts

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Leif Sheppard VINE VOICE on June 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first bought "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin" directly from the band's website last year. The disc arrived in an artfully hand-stamped, hand-numbered cardboard sleeve. Within that lay a black labeled disc that contained some of the most sublime music of 2008. This wasn't my first introduction to the band, as What The Crow Brings was among my favorite records of 2007. Opening with the darkly hopeful "The Ballad of the Broken Bones" instantly suggested to me that The Low Anthem had a bit of insight into the human soul. Listening to the following tracks "Yellowed by the Sun" and "As the Flame Burns Down" only served to confirm my initial thoughts.

So when I heard of the imminent release of "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin" in August of 2008, I immediately made plans to purchase the record. I admit, I didn't think the band would be able to follow up their previous work, much less surpass it. It's a testament to the artists involved that they not only produced a worthy third album, but created their most layered work to date. First track "Charlie Darwin", which Paste Magazine readers may recall appeared on one of their monthly discs, is absolutely fantastic. Genius. Brilliant. I give up! I can't think of enough superlatives for even the one track.

Speaking of Paste Magazine, their July '09 issue rated this album a 90 out of 100 along with review that favorably highlights the lyric "The lords of war just profit from decay". Curiously, Rolling Stone quoted that same lyric and claimed the album "suffered" because of it. They ultimately gave three out of five stars along with a review that totals all of three sentences.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hoover Pendleton on July 13, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is both haunting and foot stomping at different times - a pretty phenomenal accomplishment. (And I can't believe RS actually published the review they did - not because their critic gave it a mediocre review, but because his three sentence (3 sentence!) review was obviously tossed off without nary a listen. It's like the author just wanted to collect his fee without actually giving the band or the album its due.) I highly recommend this album, but also hope that you will be able to listen without prejudice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jameson Akers on June 15, 2009
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From the brilliant falsetto on the dream-like "Charlie Darwin" to the dustbowl imagery of "Ohio" to the raucous "The Horizon is a Beltway", Providence's The Low Anthem have created a phenomenal album from front to back, using their instruments to paint a different picture on each and every song.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald E. Gilliland on October 12, 2010
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This turned out to be one of my favorite albums in 2009. A very solid set of great tunes. I've heard people throw in comparisons to Tom Waits, Springsteen, CSN, and various "Americana" and alt-country bands, but Low Anthem manages to create a sound of their own by combining many styles. The result is a fabulously cohesive album with stellar songs such as "Ohio". Can't wait to hear more from this fine band.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Andersen on July 9, 2009
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I Like Tom Waits, The Felice Brothers,and Wilco. So Americana. so good. Now Ive added Low Anthem to that list. The Darwin album was so good I bought thier 07 releace What The Crow Brings and I enjoy that too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 17, 2009
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Rhode Island-based trio The Low Anthem issued quite a nice debut album "What the Crow Brings" in 2007. Afterwards, the band retreated, recorded and self-released "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin" in 2008. After slowly gaining buzz within the indie-music community, the band was signed to Nonesuch Records, and the album was re-released earlier this year.

"Oh My God, Charlie Darwin" (12 tracks; 42 min.) brings the band's take on Americana. The opener "Charlie Darwin" is a showcase for the band's gorgeous vocal harmonies (think Fleet Foxes). It is followed by "To Ohio", a beautiful ballad about a lover leaving Lousiana tring to get to Ohio to see his girl, an outstanding track (and reminding me in theme and sound of Sun Kil Moon's track "Carry Me Ohio"). On tracks 4 and 5, "The Horizon Is a Beltway" and "Home I'll Never Be", the band explodes with energy, as if we're in a bar 100 years ago. After that, things slow down again for more mood pieces like "Cage the Songbird" (again with gorgeous vocals) and "(Don't) Tremble". "Music Box is a short instrumental of, yes, a music box (mostly). The final 2 tracks "OMGCD" and "To Ohio (Reprise)" sum up the album perfectly.

In all, this is a fantastic album from start to finish. Not a single weak track, in my opinion. I had the good fortune of catching the Low Anthem in concert at Bonnaroo earlier this year, and they put on a great set, playing mostly songs from this album, check them out live if you can. Finally, it you wonder where you can hear these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hoosier Fan on October 28, 2013
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I've really come to appreciate this groups style-sense in their music writing, their sound and their cohesiveness in musicianship with this album. Great buy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Westbrook on September 22, 2010
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Haunting music, really atmospheric. Great traveling music when you're headed west across the the flatland. Full moon, stars, and the wolf howling (if you live in Minnesota). Wonderful compositions. Simple, yet the arrangements intrigue.
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