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Thus, it is no surprise that Soul Journey, Welch's fourth album, is no exception to this rule. The follow up to 2001's critically acclaimed Time (The Revelator), Welch once again delivers a collection of beautiful original songs sure to impress any listener of great folk music. While it fails to match the diversity and overall quality of Revelator, Soul Journey makes for a stunning album and excellent continuation of the style she has established over the last several years. Tracks such as the bluesy "Look At Miss Ohio" and "I Had A Real Good Mother and Father," with its soaring vocals as the prominent focus of the song, seem to echo the finest moments of Revival, Welch's debut album, while "One Little Song" and "Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor" conjure up thoughts of "Dear Someone" and "Everything Is Free" from her preceding release.Read more ›
The arrangements on these tracks are mostly simple - but don't make the mistake of reading `simple' as `empty' or `unimaginative'. Welch's voice and words are framed perfectly by her guitar and occasional, gentle banjo work - and as listeners have come to expect and appreciate, David Rawlings' accompaniment couldn't be more apt. If you've ever had the pleasure of seeing these two perform live, I'm sure one of the first things you noticed was how much in tandem they work - they're joined so closely in spirit that they accompany and play off each other without even looking, like four hands controlled by the same mind. This intermingling of talents translates nicely into their studio recordings as well - there's not a single note out of place or superfluous here.Read more ›
I'm simply in love with the sounds they make. Because I am in love the fact that I think Soul Journey is the fourth perfect CD that they have released may not mean much to you. You are free to dismiss such claims as the ranting of a madman, a man driven mad by love.
But if you are curious about what sounds could inspire such passion in an otherwise calm and collected soul.... Soul Journey or any of the others are fine places to start.
If I had to pick, I'd say in general that Soul Journey is their best CD yet. Something tells me the one to follow will be their best ever too.
They just keep getting darker and brighter, closer to the bone and closer to the light.
Compared to her two previous releases Soul Journey is and even more scaled down affair with even sparser instrumentations and arrangements. Is this good or bad? The way I see it is that there are lots of places to go for "the other thing", beuatifully crafted and oppulent productions, so seeing that Gillian and mate David dare to go in the other direction is very refreshing.
Listening to these songs are all about focusing on the simple truths, the beauty of Gillian's voice, the guitar tone, the snare drum hit that feels so present, so close to you, that you are continously overwhelmed by the intimacy of the listening experience.
Gillian's voice has developed since Time (The Revelator). It has become darker, a bit more sinister, and less playful. If anyone remembers the playful Paper Wings from Revival, with it's great, and very corny lyrics and melody, with a nod to Patsy Cline, such songs are absent from Soul Journey. But Gillian Welch is never sobbingly sad. She sings the songs like stories that have to be told with a remarkable quiet insistency.
I am very impressed with the production, the general sound of the CD. It sounds as if the production team (David and Gillian I presume) have used all the vintage gear they could lay their hands on, but married it with modern technology where that is appropriate (such as releasing on CD and not on vinyl).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great album with many beautifully-written songs. Gillian's voice is amazing, as always.Published 1 month ago by Amanda Tucker
Amazing! I had only heard a few songs from this album before I purchased it and I love every song on it! No song will disappoint!Published 8 months ago by B West
A change of pace, Gillian's one real foray into folk-rock, but still done in a style true to her soul, fittingly. A wonderful album.Published 22 months ago by J. Thames
is George "Shrub" Bush. "One monkey don't stop the show". It's as if despite his time in office, America survived.Published on June 30, 2014 by Don T. Alligeary
Gillian and Dave are a such a pleasure to hear and to watch. No need for "performance enhancement" for these two!Published on December 9, 2013 by R. K. Ivey
I LOVE EVERYTHING DAVID RAWLINGS & GILLIAN WELCH HAVE EVER DONE. I LOVED IT SO MUCH I HAD TO SEE THEM LIVE!! GREAT CD!!Published on October 31, 2013 by Candace
Arrangements are fetching. I have several Guillian Welch cd's and like all of them. The harmonies are lovely with wonderful instrumentation.Published on July 23, 2013 by Earleen