Almanac - Widowspeak
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  • Band members: Molly Hamilton, Robert Earl Thomas
  • Summary: The second release for the duo of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas was produced by Kevin McMahon.
  • Record Label: Captured Tracks
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jan 22, 2013
    84
    Widowspeak's Almanac strikes as a true original, as a natural evolution from the band's original concept.
  2. Jan 25, 2013
    80
    Almanac proves that Widowspeak can embrace more traditional sounds without feeling stuffy, as well as make music that's much more eclectic than might have been expected.
  3. Feb 11, 2013
    80
    All in all, seemingly indebted to many, this is a band equipped with new-found confidence, poise and an incredibly impressive sophomore effort.
  4. Jan 25, 2013
    70
    Armed with bolstered production and the band's strongest songcraft to date, Alamanac represents not only the next step for Widowspeak, but perhaps the next point in our never-ending discussion of what "real" folk is in the 21st century.
  5. Mar 4, 2013
    70
    A few of the tunes seem to want to ape the front cover of waterfalls and Jesus-long hair ("Sore Eyes," "Locusts" etc.) but most of Almanac is able to bring a love of the past into the right now and (usually) make it seem effortless.
  6. Feb 13, 2013
    70
    The band’s neurotically smoldering dream pop plays it cute and creepy--mashing up the doom-whispering Ambien-elegance of Mazzy Star, Fleetwood Mac at their witchiest, Cat Power at her clawiest, murder-tinged country ballads and steamy psychedelic vertigo.
  7. As it stands, the rest of the record proves to varying degrees that it’s not necessarily reverb or effects that alienate--you can sound just as distant armed with nothing but clean instrumentation and an impenetrable air of disinterest.

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