Divided & United: Songs of the Civil War Image
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  • Summary: Randall Poster produced the two-disc set that includes artists such as Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Joe Henry, Del McCoury, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dolly Parton, Pokey Lafarge, Shovels & Rope, Chris Thile, and Lee Ann Womack interpreting Civil War songs.
  • Record Label: ATO
  • Genre(s): Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Neo-Traditional Folk, Alternative Country-Rock, Traditional Bluegrass, Traditional Folk, Old-Timey
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 25, 2014
    100
    It lacks consistency, but it works well often enough to make this a reasonably satisfying exercise in both 19th and 21st Century Americana.
  2. Jan 22, 2014
    100
    This set proves that good storytelling never goes out of style.
  3. Jan 22, 2014
    80
    Divided & United is vital listening for anyone interested in the history of pop music or the United States, and it satisfies as both education and entertainment.
  4. Jan 22, 2014
    80
    It's a classy, mostly acoustic set, dominated by fiddle, guitar and banjo, but T Bone Burnett uses clarinet and piano for a bleak, adventurous reworking of The Battle of Antietam.
  5. Jan 23, 2014
    80
    Remarkably, the performances by current artists from Ralph Stanley down the generations to Angel Snow are all superb. [Feb 2014, p.91]
  6. Jan 22, 2014
    70
    Tales of protest, battle, compassion, camaraderie, segregation and loss are recalled in rich tones. [Feb 2014, p.83]
  7. Jan 22, 2014
    60
    Across 32 tracks it tries to capture the experience of an era from all sides.