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  • Summary: The folk singer from New York releases her latest album, which features songs written by Steve Earle, Elvis Costello, and T-Bone Burnett.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
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  1. 80
    Day After Tomorrow finds her in fine form, the famous falsetto is an octave or two down but the conviction that she brings to the songs is as strong as ever. [Oct 2008, p.106]
  2. At 67, Baez betrays some vocal aging, but she uses it wisely to impart extra feeling into what is often a downbeat collection of quality songs, and Earle has succeeded in his attempt not to reinvent her, but to re-create her sound and message in contemporary terms.
  3. She boils songs down to their bare essences, and colors them in simple, evocative ways.
  4. What makes this set successful is the choice of songs.
  5. Grasslands, wind in your hair, long, dusty roads travelled - it's all evoked in Joan's fine 24th studio album, and her voice, high and flowing, low and gravelly, flows timelessly through it like a mountain stream.
  6. 60
    Baez's worn voice retains its majesty, and also the sanctimony that has set so many teeth on edge over the years. [Oct 2008, p.81]
  7. It's a fruitful partnership: Earle's hard-won earthiness acts as a counterweight to Baez's ethereal tendencies, and Day After Tomorrow leans toward tough-minded material with blues and Appalachian overtones.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. JeffreyM.
    Sep 9, 2008
    10
    Joan at her mellow mature best, an incrediby cohesive set, and arranged in a poignant journey, true to her beginnings and her present. Joan at her mellow mature best, an incrediby cohesive set, and arranged in a poignant journey, true to her beginnings and her present. Wonderful simple production, just spontaneous enough, rich and powerful, SO joan. Expand
  2. AlC.
    Sep 9, 2008
    10
    Joan has always been a superb interpreter of other artist's material. This album is no exception. Although her voice has aged a bit, she Joan has always been a superb interpreter of other artist's material. This album is no exception. Although her voice has aged a bit, she continues to use it as an instrument of beauty and conviction. Great CD. Expand
  3. CarolM.
    Sep 19, 2008
    10
    As Joan ages, so does her wisdom as does her devotion solidify. This is a beautiful album, filled with images and themes that has long been As Joan ages, so does her wisdom as does her devotion solidify. This is a beautiful album, filled with images and themes that has long been the foundation of her life, vaues and ideals. Excellent job, Joan, once again, you have been a beacon,a guiding light in the storm and fog. Expand
  4. CeliaT.
    Sep 9, 2008
    10
    Bought the CD on its first day of sale in the UK - brilliant!
  5. Trina
    Sep 10, 2008
    10
    Haunting and awe-inspiring, as only Ms. Baez can deliver time and again!
  6. GeorgeM.
    Sep 11, 2008
    10
    A lovely mellow sound throughout this Cd with Joan Baez's gorgeous vocals and exquisite instrumentalisation from the ensemble of A lovely mellow sound throughout this Cd with Joan Baez's gorgeous vocals and exquisite instrumentalisation from the ensemble of musicians - brilliant! Expand
  7. GalenB
    Aug 1, 2009
    0
    Nothing could be sadder than this attempt at capitalizing on the "kiss goodbye" she got at the Grammys. What the "devotees" have posted here Nothing could be sadder than this attempt at capitalizing on the "kiss goodbye" she got at the Grammys. What the "devotees" have posted here about "aging voice" is literally out of tune backing or vocals or both. Only burned out stoners could find this collection of "whine" artistic. She has a following as large as Kabuki theater in the USA and for good reason. She was vinegar when she was younger, and now shows us even vinegar can go bad. She kicked her 60s gravestone over with this pitiful attempt. And I am being kind. Expand

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