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The 10 tracks on "The Harrow & the Harvest" are well-penned and executed. In an interview with The Australian, Gillian said the duo struggled with getting the material just right for this album. And got it right they did. Gillian returns to her cowgirl-boots-in-a-daisy-field folk, dark lyrics and melodies with just enough melancholia to make you feel good.
Gone are the drums that adorned her previous album, "Soul Journey," (the drum work on that LP wasn't flashy, but rather curiously echoed the plodding snare thumps found on Neil Young's "Harvest.")
Standout tracks include "Dark Turn of Mind" and "Down Along the Dixie Line." But the whole album flows and is best enjoyed in its entirety, in solitude.
"The Harrow & the Harvest" is a must-have for Gillian Welch fans.
If you're new to her, this is a great starting point. But there's no need to tell you to explore her back catalog. After hearing this, you will.
"Scarlet town" has the Appalachian ambience of Caleb Mayer and is a great opener with Rawlings accompaniment showing the master musician at his best and a memorable chorus where Welch croons "look at that deep well, look at that dark day". Next up is "Dark turn of mind" a country blues lament that gently rolls along so slowly that you fear it might stop, but is genuinely exquisite. Three songs on the album start with the words "The Way" and the third song will excite those who have longed for the release of the live favourite "Throw me a rope" now renamed "The way it will be". It hints at Neil Young's "On the beach" and is an utter standout.Read more ›
the songs that have resonated most with me are not the same as
some of the ones that have resonated with others-- which is to
say this is a dynamic album that will touch everyone in different
ways. i've been dying for this record. they've been playing
"the way it will be" live since the time of soul journey, 8 years ago.
i've listened to the record three times since yesterday
(i don't want to overdo it). gillian's voice in a room, with
two guitars, a banjo, some hands, whatever.. it cuts to my core
and so my review will be biased because her lilts and syncopated
notes walk the edge of despair and something silver. for me, her
soulfulness resonates in a similar realm as that of otis redding-
for different reasons of course.
pretty much, i just want to thank gillian and david for putting
out another record. from the stunningly pretty guitar work on
"scarlet town" (whatever key that's in makes david's guitar
sound like copper pennies falling into a well.)
to the acid, lonesome message of "the way it will be" to
the timely and timeless, soul-stirring "hard times"--
and everything in between.
i'm grateful for this music.
PS Studying the cover a bit more, I'll concede that it's probably tongue-in-cheek: I don't think Gillian Welch really considers herself the Minerva of American roots music. But you never know. Increasingly addictive music, in any case.
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I have had this album since it came out several years ago and keep coming back to it again and again. Incredible songs, guitar work and vocals. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Herrmann
Great respect for the genre, as well as the artist(s). Found the Hard Times track enjoyable in particular...but pardon the oxymoron!Published 4 months ago by Charlie
Great selection. I play it repeatedly! Hope the next one is coming out soon.Published 5 months ago by Stephen M. Goldstein
I adore this CD! Love her voice and the songs and the harmony. Also great banjo, acoustic guitar, and harmonica. One of my all-time favs.Published 5 months ago by Nancy L. Groshart
I love Americana and Gillian Welch brings tremendous talent to her music. I love this CD although I will say that many of the songs are on the dark side, which life in the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by V. Karl
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