New Multitudes - Jay Farrar/Will Johnson/Anders Parker/Yim Yames
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  • Summary: Unreleased songs from folk legend Woody Guthrie are interpreted by Son Volt's Jay Farrar, Centro-matic's Will Johnson, Anders Parker, and My Morning Jacket's Jim James.
  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Genre(s): Folk, Americana, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Feb 28, 2012
    91
    The effect is both panoramic and cloistered, an aptly manic-depressive tribute not only to the band's source material and Guthrie's lasting relevance, but to the lonesome crowded West that so many have worked to document since.
  2. Apr 19, 2012
    89
    New Multitudes is a resilient tribute to Woody Guthrie based on the folk pioneer's unpublished lyrics.
  3. When all is said and done, New Multitudes is a staggering work and a crowning achievement.
  4. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    Guthrie's work endures because if its essential big-hearted hospitality--and Farrar, Johnson, Parker and Yames have mad themselves right at home. [Mar 2012, p.93]
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    80
    To fresh melodies of Guthrie would surely have smiled upon, the four adorn every lyric with fine guitar weaves of rollicking dance, rugged grind or Paris, Texas haunt. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  6. Feb 29, 2012
    75
    These concoctions have inherent charm both from Guthrie's typically pithy, sometimes deceptively trenchant writer's eye and from the foursome's fittingly earnest musical settings.
  7. Feb 28, 2012
    60
    Four singer-songwriters tag-team in a folk-rock vein, and the high points are when voices unite.

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