For the World

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  • Summary: Produced by Jerry DeCicca, the latest release for the singer-songwriter features guest appearances from Mary Lattimore, Marc Ribot, and Sharon Van Etten.
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  1. Dec 5, 2013
    90
    Spare, affecting and hauntingly melodic, For The World is a timeless record, looking back only in a human, personal way--not to some lost golden age, but over a life lived, with all its ups and downs, losses and gains.
  2. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Ed Askew will continue to write, observe, reflect, and create visions and words. This result is timeless enough to remain there if one wants it.
  3. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Askew executes sad back-parlour arpeggios on a Hdusty, reverberant piano and his distinctive 10-stringed Martin tiple, his antediluvian voice as tremulous as Willie Nelson on a toning table.
  4. Uncut
    Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Askew's voice and tiple remain distinctively sui generis, as does the air of fairytale enchantment about his songs of children's dream, birds and fishes, city streetlife, blue-eyed babies and brown-eyed boys. [Oct 2013, p.61]
  5. The Wire
    Dec 10, 2013
    80
    His voice retains a high pitched vulnerability, but the urgency of his reports from the flipside of hippiedom have softened into the sound of someone more comfortable with their place in the universe. [Sep 2013, p.48]