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  • Summary: The debut solo release for the Crooked Still singer-songwriter was produced by Tucker Martine.
  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Genre(s): Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Americana, Contemporary Folk, Progressive Bluegrass
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  1. 80
    It’s a terrific and enriching listen, especially with headphones, where the singer’s supple voice and imaginative lyrics along with Martine’s sympathetic production dovetail with an effortless grace.
  2. Aug 9, 2013
    80
    O'Donovan has a fragile, heart-melting voice and is a fine songwriter. [Sep 2013, p.88]
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    Fossils is not only an auspicious debut, but one that lives up to, and at times even exceeds, the promise of its potential.
  4. Jul 31, 2013
    80
    Gentle pedal-steel weepies and shimmering, folk-rock beauty are testament to her new-found freedom. [Sep 2013, p.92]
  5. Aug 1, 2013
    80
    The production work by the celebrated Tucker Martine is sometimes too lush, but there are some fine songs here.
  6. Jun 17, 2013
    60
    The polished sound, when combined with O'Donovan's occasionally wispy vocals and recessed guitar, fails to propel the album. It lacks both weight and momentum, or at least enough mood to set Fossils apart.
  7. Jul 10, 2013
    60
    It's not all restrained and even if in parts it sails too close to generic Americana, there's much evidence here that O'Donovan is one to keep an eye on. [Aug 2013, p.103]

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