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  • Summary: The debut album for the English and Scottish quartet is led by Alex Neilson, who has worked as a drummer for Wil Oldham, Isobel Campbell, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
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  1. Uncut
    There's a frayed but genuinely exploratory vibe here, that's not afraid to get tough. [Jul 2009, p.91]
  2. This is a record that makes me hope for even better things to come.
  3. Mojo
    Neilson's own reedy but elemental voice is the perfect foil to this, and the myriad musical ideas are nailed down by classic, disciplined songwriting. [May 2009, p.108]
  4. Beauty rarely hides where you expect it. Take, for instance, the debut release by the U.K.'s Trembling Bells.
  5. Trembling Bells, from Glasgow, do their homage with a bit of delirious freedom: on Carbeth, they’re all walking around that known territory with one eye closed, roughing up traditional song structures, trying to make themselves feel dizzy.
  6. Carpeth is traditional enough to please the Cropready massive, but also quite experimental too. Those new to the genre might be better served by checking out something more palatable, but for those with a taste for something more outlandish Carpeth certainly delivers.
  7. When Neilson and co. put the effort into the music (and the lyrics), then Carbeth is a moving portrait of a lost way of life; it’s a celebration of the world pictured on the album cover, a small cottage hidden in rustic greenery. When they take the easy road, it’s everything you’d expect and nothing more.
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  1. RichardT
    Jul 30, 2009
    Excellent album!