Fellow Travelers - Shearwater
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  • Band members: Cully Symington, Kimberly Burke, Thor Harris, Danny Reisch
  • Summary: The cover release from the indie band includes songs with artists they have toured with but not on their own songs including The Baptist Generals, David Thomas Broughton, Clinic, Coldplay, Sharon Van Etten, Folk Implosion, Wye Oak, and Xiu Xiu.
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  1. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    It's wonderful stuff, partly because Shearwater's renditions are lovely enough to make you want to seek out the real things, and partly because, really, does anyone need another bloody cover? [Dec 2013, p.100]
  2. 70
    None of the tracks surpass the original (except probably Coldplay), but it doesn’t feel like the intention to ‘one-up’ other bands here. It’s an intimate, nostalgic affair for a small minority. For others, it’ll be less vital.
  3. Nov 25, 2013
    70
    Only thanks to one another, it seems, they don’t burn out, dry up, fade away. Fellow Travelers pays tribute to these companions in many forms. That dedication, more than the music, may be its biggest accomplishment.
  4. 60
    Despite the overall melange approach being a little uneven, there are some genuine delights to be found within.
  5. Nov 26, 2013
    60
    Jonathan Meiburg’s weary, swooping baritone (he sings like a sentient cello) and the sighing cabin-folk that works so well for “A Wake for the Minotaur” (an original duet with tourmate Van Etten snuck in on a technicality) flattens out much of the album.
  6. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    One hopes that the Austin band takes lessons from both the successes and failures of Fellow Travelers: taking risks here and there often pays off, but don’t mess with a vocal formula that works.
  7. 50
    As a full-length record, Fellow Travelers includes too many songs that come off like that neutered high note as opposed to an original, undeniable, caterwauling scream.

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