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  • Summary: The folk artist reworks Mariah Carey's "Shake It Off" and Tim McGraw's "My Old Friend" on his debut release with the Nonesuch label.
  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Neo-Traditional Folk
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 14, 2013
    82
    No longer fumbling through novice flubs, Bright Sunny South features the most accomplished musicianship of Amidon’s career.
  2. May 13, 2013
    80
    It is not one thing (folk) or the other (post-rock, post-classical experiment) or even, really a blend of the two, but rather something fresh and idiosyncratic and worth exploring.
  3. May 13, 2013
    80
    A strange but compelling set.
  4. May 17, 2013
    80
    There’s a melancholic elegance in Amidon’s pieces that express nuanced forms of sadness, and as demonstrated in songs like Short Life and Pharaoh, sublime chamber arrangements spruce up those feelings of sorrow.
  5. 75
    What he does well here, and has always done well, is to embody traditional music; its harmony, its lyrical themes, and at the same time imbue the music with a vitality that never feels forced or disrespectful of its roots.
  6. May 23, 2013
    70
    The track [“Weeping Mary”] isn’t as simple as it seems, yet it works nicely as just-a-folk-song, the sort of approach that Amidon’s been refining for a decade now. Bright Sunny South is full of these unhurried, easy moments, and succeeds because of it.
  7. 60
    Amidon’s plaintive, boyish vocals make up in character what they lack in uniqueness.

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