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  • Summary: The artist combines the sounds of Americana and Asia for her first album on the Rounder label.
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  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Genre(s): Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Feb 1, 2011
    It probably wasn't her intention, but Washburn ended up making a modern classic, a folk album for people who claim they don't like a such thing.
  2. Feb 1, 2011
    An original, accessible and highly recommended purchase.
  3. Feb 1, 2011
    It's too early to start drafting up those Best of 2011 lists, but City of Refuge deserves to be shortlisted as one of the stronger folk albums in recent memory.
  4. 80
    In a word, Abigail Washburn's City of Refuge shines. It is a folk-pastiche that draws on all of Washburn's past successes and crafts them together into a lovely and sometimes mysterious work of art.
  5. It's a little too polished for the Oh Brother... crowd, but fans of Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss should take note.
  6. Feb 1, 2011
    City Of Refuge is an album which manages to be raw yet transcendental and simple yet layered. Inquisitive ears should find plenty of interest here.
  7. 60
    The collaborators' influences are visible, but not dominant, as Washburn's banjo remains central, striking a nice balance. Some fine tuning and vocal variation could make for a stellar follow-up to these new genre endeavors, but a return to her classics, for this immensely talented artist, would be equally as appreciated.

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