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Follow Them True

Stick in the Wheel

Follow Them True

Second album from the East London folk quintet led by singer Nicola Kearey and produced by guitarist Ian Carter

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  1. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Stick In The Wheel are an astonishingly easy band to love. If you’re a fan already, you know this. If your view of folk music is that it’s worthy but dull stuff for real ale bores in hideous jumpers, let this put you right
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  2. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Precision folk with anger, lust and blood
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  3. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Stick in the Wheel conform to none of the lazy stereotypes that surround folk music
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  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Follow Them True isn't a record that allows you to get comfortable, it's always trying new things, trying to wake you from your lethargy as a listener
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  5. 8.0 |   Record Collector

    Urgent, uncompromising, intelligent – Stick In The Wheel are the bristles on the clean broom the UK folk scene badly needs
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  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A cappella shanty "Poor Old Horse" is a working class hymn with real bite, while muted electronica gives "As I Roved Out" a thoroughly modern sheen. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    They've grown and blossomed without sacrificing an ounce of what made them exciting in the first place. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Likely to be one of the folk albums of the year
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    Stick In The Wheel are out to challenge and provoke. Print edition only

  10. 7.7 |   Pitchfork

    Respecting folk music’s past while uprooting it from the pastoral, the UK group’s politically minded album mixes acoustic and electronic instruments across original songs and traditionals
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