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The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch

The Harrow & The Harvest

Fifth album and first for eight years from the Bluegrass singer-songwriter and her partner Dave Rawlings

ADM rating[?]

8.5

Label
Acony
UK Release date
27/06/2011
US Release date
28/06/2011
  1. 10.0 |   music OMH

    This is one of the most defiantly traditional, non-radical and deceptively simple albums in recent memory
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  2. 10.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    American folk music at its very best
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  3. 10.0 |   The Independent

    The familiar blending of traditional sounds and moods with modern sensibilities is effortlessly sustained
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  4. 10.0 |   The Irish Times

    A triumph of imagination, insight and intuition
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  5. 10.0 |   The Observer

    It is the best kind of record: one that lures you in and soothes you with harmonies and banjo, only to leave you wondering what the hell just happened
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  6. 10.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It's a brilliant record; probably her best
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  7. 10.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Thrillingly authentic and achingly beautiful
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  8. 10.0 |   Mojo

    Sparely and intuitively performed, it's simply excellent. Print edition only

  9. 9.0 |   All Music

    Produced by Rawlings, this set returns to the sparse instrumentation of her earliest recordings: guitars, banjos, harmonica, and hand-and-knee slap
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  10. 9.0 |   BBC

    A melancholy marvel
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  11. 9.0 |   Pop Matters

    The gospel according to Welch and Rawlings is one that embraces darkness alongside light, pain alongside joy
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  12. 9.0 |   Paste Magazine

    Simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time
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  13. 9.0 |   Blurt

    The pair wrap their strings and larynxes ‘round each other like the intimate companions they are, aided by production so warm and inviting it's like sitting in the room with them
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  14. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    Her best release was a decade ago with Time (The Revelator)... the good news is that The Harrow & The Harvest is close to matching the greatness of that album
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  15. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    A fully conceived album of beautifully crafted songs, and a real treat for fans and newcomers alike
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  16. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Throughout, Rawlings and Welch seem to instinctively know just what’s needed on each track, and despite the numerous solos included, nothing ever feels over-indulgent
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  17. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    It's as simple as music gets, and as beautiful
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  18. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Welch writes fine, timeless melodies, and her mostly gloomy lyrics are performed in suitably mournful, no-nonsense style
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  19. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Her most ruggedly traditionally work yet
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  20. 8.0 |   Q

    Its terrain, musically and emotionally, is stark and bleak but beautiful. Print edition only

  21. 8.0 |   The Scotsman

    An album which walks a dark path without ever bearing down on the listener
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  22. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her old-timey music doesn't live in the past
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  23. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Whereas its predecessor dabbled in electric instrumentation, The Harrow & The Harvest would fit right in at a time long before electricity was available
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  24. 6.5 |   Prefix

    It’s kind of frustrating that Welch and Rawlings are so stuck in their ways and refuse to think outside of their weather-beaten, one-room-country-shack box
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  25. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    It’s rustic, immensely tuneful and effortlessly elegant
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  26. 6.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    An unapologetic Americana country-folk album and, for that very reason, will feel alien to some ears
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  27. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    Easily her most relaxed, laid-back album yet
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