11 Songs, 48 Minutes


Apple Digital Master


Mastered for iTunes

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Marisupial ,

Gains power as it goes, ends on high.

Starts slow, ends strong. The vocalist is certainly rooted in English and Celtic traditional musics. I don't feel that they break free and take advantage of the Decemberists backing until the last few songs of the album - but when they do it is awesome. Sheepcrook and Black Dog is pretty glorious. To Make You Stay hits that real transcendental note that we are looking for. It took me a couple of listens to get there.

Jimenides ,

Does Exactly What It's Supposed To

Be warned: this will put you in a dismal mood. Olivia Chaney laments about heartbreak, heartache, and all manner of soul-wrenching subjects. The music is brilliant, and strikes a perfect balance between Chaney's musical minimalism, and the intricate instrumentalism we've come to expect from the Decemberists.

Minstrelofthedawn ,


Okay—I adore traditional folk music. All of it, indiscriminately. That said, my only negative point to make about this album is very similar to that of others. This is not to say that these songs aren’t well-played or well-sung, nor is it to say that they do not capture the spirit of the traditional folk revival decades ago—both are true. There’s simply an issue of balance, I think. The album tapers, losing energy very early on and never really building it back up at any point. If the album had been a more even mix between lively folk and emotional ballads, it may have worked a bit better. Each song, though, is individually very good, and I still definitely recommend this album to any trad. folk fans.