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Whistle Down the Wind

Joan Baez

Whistle Down the Wind

Potentially final album from the Americana singer, featuring songs by artists including Tom Waits, Anohni and Josh Ritter

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  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Throughout, Baez's mature voice is a thing of beauty
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  2. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It offers astutely resonant personal ruminations. Print edition only

  3. 8.0 |   All Music

    The glorious soprano notes of Baez's glory days are clearly out of reach for her here, but her phrasing remains thoughtful and emotionally strong
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  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    The years have added grain and intimacy to Baez’s magisterial voice, especially on songs centred on retrospection, regret and mortality
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  5. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Reflective and autumnal
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  6. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Baez has said that this is her final album and tour. If so, it’s a shame – but she will retire on a high, with grace and integrity, and remaining important. Respect is due
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  7. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    The folk great takes a hard look at the state of the world and tries to muster something like hope
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  8. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Effectively subtle, engagingly tasteful arrangements. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    The songs she's chosen to cover on Whistle Down the Wind expertly reflect this closing of a chapter
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  10. 6.0 |   The FT

    If this is also her last album, it is a muted farewell, admirable, but not loveable; it is relentlessly mid-paced and any anger is expressed in terms that are relentlessly reasonable — or, worse, resigned
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