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  • Summary: The New York indie-folk band's seventh album (their first in four years) is co-produced by Warren Defever (His Name Is Alive).
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  1. Heart Like a River takes you on a journey, and does not leave until every sight is seen and pathway is walked.
  2. Heart Like A River is a full-throated and diverse expression of the songwriting talents of Daniel Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell, though bassist Karla Schickele's two contributions are nothing to sneeze at, either.
  3. Ida continues to create slow, sad music that maintains interesting depth within the ache.
  4. Parts of the album feel overly familiar, but it’s good to have the band back in circulation.
  5. If Ida's sound is like a river, the emotions the band conveys are simply stagnant.
  6. 60
    As it's continued to grow, Ida has begun to sound almost ordinary. [#67, p.98]
  7. Autumnally pretty tunes that are also full of quiet gravity, as if Neil Young and a lover popped Valium and decided to hash things out on record.

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  1. pedrop
    Mar 3, 2005
    8
    the unbelievably powerful and heartfelt songs on the collection help define Ida's approach to music; a slow-core, melencholy, yet the unbelievably powerful and heartfelt songs on the collection help define Ida's approach to music; a slow-core, melencholy, yet somehow uplifting collection of pure talent, highlighted by songs such as "Late Blues," "Sundown," and "What Can I do" Expand