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Poor David's Almanack

David Rawlings

Poor David's Almanack

Third solo album from the singer-songwriter and guitarist includes longtime musical partner Gillian Welch who co-wrote five of the songs

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  1. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Rawlings has never sounded as present or as full of character
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Rawlings' and Welch's music always feels like a return visit, and Poor David's Almanack in particular seems perfectly suited to tack up on your wall and consult at home
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    As ever on Welch & Rawlings records, their harmonies are sublime, warmed by guitarist Willie Watson’s third part; but there are fewer dark shadows here than usual
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  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    His most Welch-like release by far
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    There are two stand-outs: Neil Young-esque Cumberland Gap, and Airplane, as hypnotic and moving as anything on The Harrow & The Harvest. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    That old-time, good-time vibe can occasionally dip into hokeyness, as the album title signals, but slow numbers like "Lindsey Button" and "Put 'Em Up Solid" are where the group excels. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    David Rawlings finds news ways of inhabiting old folk music alongside his longtime musical partner Gillian Welch. There’s a crisp intimacy to his new solo effort, but also a self-awareness
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  8. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Music breathes and floats with a delicacy difficult to replicate let alone achieve in the first place. Somehow Rawlings and Welch have done it, and they show no signs of stopping anytime soon
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  9. 7.0 |   American Songwriter

    Dave Rawlings records exist as an important counterweight to the inherent gravitas and high stakes seriousness in Gillian Welch albums
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    The harmonies frame Rawlings' vocal in a basket of sweetness and light as sweeping fiddle, strummed guitars, and banjo cover the backdrop
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  11. 6.0 |   The FT

    Poor David’s Almanack finds David Rawlings, rated as one of the most able guitarists in US roots music, parlaying his skills into tasteful antiquarianism
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