Gillian welch the harrow and the harvest full album
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Gillian Welch's "The Harrow & The Harvest" Full album review shortly on AnalogPlanet.and
By Martin Chilton , Culture Editor online. The interplay between Welch and David Rawlings's guitars is dazzlingly expert as they dance around the slow, melancholy beauty of Welch's voice. There cannot be another musical duet around at the moment who are able to make two acoustic guitars and two voices produce a sound that is so subtle and yet powerful. Gillian Welch comes through pain. Human frailty is the theme of The Way it Goes and Dark Turn Of Mind , songs which all the more effective for being performed in their understated yet complex manner. Tennessee is a gem of a song "Of all the ways I've found to hurt myself, you may be my favourite one of all" delivered in a perfect languid drawl by Welch but all 10 originals are hugely satisfying and complement each other so well. Also worth a mention in dispatches is the glorious album cover artwork by John Dyer Baizley , a painter and musician based in Savannah, Georgia.
Welch explains the motivation for the vinyl version in a Washington Post profile. I could see all of it. And just after that moment of revelation, we were both instantaneously furious — just furious that this sonic information had been eradicated by the CD. Why the delay releasing this on vinyl? The two were unhappy with the quality of the mastering they heard.
Once people fall for Gillian Welch's music, they tend to fall hard. It's the kind of debate that often plays itself out while waiting for a favorite artist to release new material and, while the Dave Rawlings Machine released A Friend of a Friend an album on which Welch appeared in , it's been eight long years since Welch's last. When it comes to the comparison game, it is that album, Soul Journey , and its predecessor, 's Time The Revelator , that are most frequently mentioned. Both albums are typically seen to be game-changing evolutions of the template Welch and Rawlings essayed on their first two albums. The most obvious points of comparison relate to instrumental style, with Time The Revelator focusing on the tried-and-tested formula of Welch's old-time voice and Rawlings's intricate guitar-work, and Soul Journey employing a full band with drums and electric guitars.
The Harrow & the Harvest
I t has been eight long years since Gillian Welch's last album, 's Soul Journey — a gap that prompts the inevitable question from those in thrall to the post-Appalachian lull of this Nashville-based duo. What have they been doing? Preparing the ground, you might conclude.
It was Welch's first album in eight years and was released on June 28, The eight years since the release of 's Soul Journey marked the longest period of time between album releases for Welch. In explaining the relatively long recording absence, Welch said, "The sad truth is we never liked anything enough to put it out, which is not a pleasant place to be. Actually we made a few tentative steps at trying to record, but inevitably the heart would go out of it when we realised that we simply didn't like the material enough to go on with it. It's not uncommon. It's something that happens to writers. It's the deepest frustration we have come through, hence the album title.