Child Ballads


Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Mar 5, 2013
    As rich and enchanting as the source material undeniably is, the winding songs of Child Ballads ultimately get locked into an unfortunate paradox: the magic of the narratives require a focussed and concentrated listen, but the sparse arrangements and repetitive melodies don’t invite the ear in nearly as closely as Mitchell’s recent LPs.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    These ballads in the raw are rough, tragic things--Geordie is hung for his crimes, there's a drowning in Clyde Waters--that lose their impact when pretty harmonies smother them.

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