Leaving Eden

  • Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Feb 28, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Feb 27, 2012
    For it's diversity, experimentation, and excellent performances, Leaving Eden is even better [than 2010 release, Genuine Negro Jig].
  2. 60
    It has a winning blend of respect, technique and humour.
  3. 60
    Far from coming off as a dry and didactic exercise in replicating an ancient style of playing, Carolina Chocolate Drops has instead reinvigorated old-time music for 21st-century ears.
  4. 70
    Like the eponymous candy, Leaving Eden will draw you back for more of that sweet warmth to melt on your tongue.
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    The result is a wonderfully immediate album that feels like a Saturday night house party--complete with moonlight, dust flying from the carpet under the feet of dancers, and crickets and night bird calls out the open windows.
  6. Feb 28, 2012
    There's artful variety; the band may have a particular approach, but they're no purists.
  7. Feb 28, 2012
    Leaving Eden is a lesson in 21st-century American folk--a tradition that's as miscegenated as ever, and stronger for it.
  8. Feb 27, 2012
    The result is a rarity in the Chocolate Drops' world: roots music as useful as it is beautiful.
  9. Feb 27, 2012
    Still the most electrifying acoustic act around.
  10. Feb 27, 2012
    The result is an album full of gateway music, lovingly made knockoffs that point to the purer and smarter bluegrass it's imitating.
  11. You can almost hear the chickens out in the yard and see the dust mites dancing in the sunlit air.
  12. Feb 27, 2012
    Carolina Chocolate Drops are a gloriously energetic and adventurous live band, but this set mysteriously fails to demonstrate their range.
  13. Mojo
    Mar 22, 2012
    The instrumental work is impressive throughout, but Gidden's vocals are the main attraction. [Apr 2012, p.88]
  14. Q Magazine
    Mar 14, 2012
    There's no faulting the brilliant playing, but by restricting themselves to exploring a fairly unevolved musical form they forever repeat its limitations. [April 2012, p.90]
  15. Uncut
    Mar 13, 2012
    The stream of banjo, fiddle, bones and spoons rolls on agreeably, marred only by a tendency to tweeness. [Apr 2012, p.73]

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