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This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae's Rounder debut, shows that like The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, the five multitalented young women of Della Mae are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries' worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility. In a relatively short period of time, the band has become a sensation in the music world, commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare. This World Oft Can Be, recorded at Johnny Cash's cabin in Hendersonville, Tennessee and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, The Pixies, Uncle Tupelo), mines time-honored elements to create music that's unmistakably fresh and contemporary.
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  • Audio CD (May 28, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B00AO7HO3A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 9, 2013
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I first heard this Boston-based folk/bluegrass quintet of women at The Station Inn in Nashville when they performed their "showcase" at the annual Americana Music Awards Conference. The Station is is Nashville's home for bluegrass bands and the audience can be tough. But when the five women took the small stage with their instruments (guitars, fiddle, mandolin and string bass) they had the crowd on their side (and me as well) after their first song. Though this is their second album, it's the first on a major label and was produced by a Station Inn staple, IBMA winning guitarist Byran Sutton. Of the 12 tracks on this 41-minute CD, seven were either written, or co-written, by two of the band members: Celia Woodsmith and Courtney Hartman. Yep, it's mostly bluegrass, but the sequencing was well thought out so that similar numbers are not grouped together. The tri-fold digipak that holds the CD has three photos of the band (none of them holding their respective instruments though) and a summary introduction to them by John Carter Cash. (The album was recorded at Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, TN.

There are a few similar female bluegrass bands on the scene now but the ladies of Della Mae can certainly hold their own against them. Give them a try. They hooked me in Nashville, and should get you hooked too.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.
Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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Saw them at a bluegrass festival this summer and loved them from the first song. Couldn't wait to buy the cd from Amazon so I bought it on site. One difference seeing them live is that their lead vocalist is more adventuresome in person. In the CD, vocals are more restrained. I enjoyed the more adventuresome vocals more.

Absolutely see them live. Since they are true musicians, they don't need studio tricks to sound good.
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These five women have put together a simply stunning audible experience. This album is very well produced by Bryan Sutton with brilliant harmonies and energetic melodies. I will definitely recommend this disc to all fans of the new revival of Americana music who recognize supreme musical talent.
I am VERY excited for my chance to see these ladies live again during their summer tour.
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Yup, these women are from Boston! Named after a line in the Osborne Brother's song "Big Spike Hammer," that is exactly how their music will hit you. Their musicianship is excellent and tight. Although some (not I) would say there songs are derivative wasn't it Bill Monroe who said that once you've learned bluegrass make your own. That is just what Della Mae has done. If you have an opportunity to see them on Youtube or live check out the energy of Amanda Kowalsky the bassist. Incredible album from an awesome group!!!
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I have realy enjoyed this CD. The music is top notch! They are more progressive than traditional but don't add drum kit or amplified instruments. Dela May shows you can still make great music without changing the format!
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I heard about this group from a friend. I sampled some of their work on YouTube and immediately went searching for a CD. I found this at Amazon and ordered it. The songs are beautifully traditional blue grass with the highest quality music and vocals. Each member of the group is a world class musician and the harmonies are really sweet. Best blue grass CD I've ever heard.
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Nice harmony's and song choice. I saw them last summer and they rocked. This album is a little overloaded with Nashville style music conventions unlike their live show. I wish they would record 16 tons as they performed it.
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Having listened to their first record I Built This Heart easily a couple hundred times, it is fair to say that I had unrealistically high expectations for their follow-up and label debut This World Oft Can Be. While the album is a solid follow-up to I Built This Heart, it contains very few new ideas that clearly separate it from its predecessor and ends up feeling like I Built This Heart 2.0 but not quite as strong of a release as the original. The album opens with "Letters From Down the Road" which is not nearly as strong of an opener as "Jamie Dear" from the last record. Its short chorus melody will stick with you but it does not contain the fantastic hook that "Jamie Dear" had and sounds like it could have very well been a B-side from the last record. Next is "Maybeline" which is very reminiscent of tracks like "Sweet Verona" or "Blessed Hands." It is a solid track that doesn't deviate from the formula of either of those songs. The third track on the record is the wonderful "Paper Prince" which is one of the few songs on the disc that tries to do something new with the Della Mae formula. It features some terrific instrumentation that does not sound like anything else on the record. The melody throughout is fantastic and will quickly get stuck in one's head. It is followed by the album's first single "Empire." It is a fun, upbeat song that features a great verse melody but a forgettable chorus melody. The fiddle melody really shines on this one. "Hounds" is one of the more forgettable tracks on the record. It won't go anywhere that Della Mae fans aren't expecting.Read more ›
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