O' Be Joyful - Shovels & Rope
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  • Band members: Michael Trent, Cary Ann Hearst
  • Summary: This is the debut release for the South Carolina husband and wife duo of Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
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  1. May 20, 2013
    80
    Their thrilling music rooted in old country with touches of blues and gospel can't help but remind you of Jack and Meg and Johnny and June. [Jun 2013, p.93]
  2. 80
    Their debut album is a delight, from the uncomplicated bluesy strut of Tickin' Bomb to the brass inflections on the knowingly tongue-in-cheek Hail Hail.
  3. Sep 13, 2012
    80
    O' Be Joyful would be their resulting--and across-the-board winning--entrée to celebrity chefdom.
  4. May 13, 2013
    80
    All 11 tracks on the album jump, shout and twang the heartstrings, albeit with a knowing wink. [Jun 2013, p.105]
  5. Sep 13, 2012
    76
    Their new record O' Be Joyful is a delightful combination of knee-slapping, bordering-on-gospel folk tracks and bluesy guitar-driven rock.
  6. Sep 13, 2012
    60
    Most of the songs, including the strong opening track, concern the duo's history as a couple and a band.
  7. May 6, 2013
    60
    There's nothing here that we haven't heard many times before, but for many that will be the heart of their appeal.

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