At 89

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  • Summary: This is the first studio album for the folk singer in more than 10 years.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. As you might expect from a Seeger album, the songs on At 89 take on some of the problems faced by America in 2008, and while the music is sometimes touched by melancholy, Seeger's faith in his fellow humans shines through clearly.
  2. Built with introductions and interludes as if it were a live performance, the 25-song set is an exercise in community that employs friends and family wisely, enlisting a choir to fill out the jaunty 'Wonderful Friends' and making Seeger's quavering yet impressively vital voice the centerpiece of his again-relevant Vietnam-era protest, 'Waist Deep in the Big Muddy.'
  3. It's a pleasingly indulgent collection of songs, stories and detours that will be something of a treasure for longtime fans and packs at least a dozen treats for relative newbies.
  4. Doomsday warnings are all over this sweet, antivirtuosic record, and Mr. Seeger is clear about his solution.
  5. Uncut
    60
    It proves a diverting tour round Seeger's perennial concerns. [Jan 2008, p.111]
  6. Mojo
    60
    Seeger's voice is frail now and he has to rely on an array of accomplished singers to help him deliver his message....Even so, Seeger remains innovative. [Jan 2008, p.100]