Child Ballads

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  • Summary: This debut release from Anaïs Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer was inspired by the Francis J. Child Collection of Ballads books and was produced by Gary Paczosa.
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  1. Yet subtle fiddle, accordion, pump organ, and especially bass liven up the acoustic guitars just a touch, and both Mitchell's fluting, childlike lead and Hamer's mellower follow avoid purist sanctity as well as modernizing pizzazz.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    80
    Though Mitchell and Hamer avoid the kind of astringent vocal blends favoured by most British singers of these ballads, there's still an intriguing piquancy to their harmonies, with Mitchell's girlish timbre resting against Hamer's milder, warmer tones.
  3. Feb 12, 2013
    80
    With archaic language updated by transatlantic twang, it's a winning addition to the canon.
  4. Mar 19, 2013
    80
    While the material may be tried and true, the performers deserve ample credit for making the tunes invitingly clean and bright.
  5. 75
    It is a cohesive collection, each ballad given similar treatment, steadied and prettied to similar effect, and the exercise is sadly brief.
  6. Feb 12, 2013
    40
    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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