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  • Summary: The first album on the Nonesuch label for the trio of Rhode Islanders.
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  1. Whether soft or loud, these 12 songs are exquisite.
  2. 80
    Oh My God, Charlie Darwin may well be the second best cabin-in-winter indie album ever made. [Jul 2009, p.96]
  3. Somehow, though, it soars, the title track especially.
  4. Re-mastered and re-sequenced from the album's initial September 2008 release, Oh My God flawlessly balances heartfelt warbles with gritty countryside wails.
  5. The Low Anthem finds the balance of apocalypse and subtlety sought by the Avett or Felice Brothers but never wrangled so effectively.
  6. 74
    As Anthem's zithers, pump organs, oil drums, and tibetan singing bowls thrum like summer insects, scientists and spiritualist alike can't help but bow to these haunting paeans to America's heartland. [Summer 2009, p.100]
  7. Warm-hearted folk pop from New England.

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  1. Sep 29, 2011
    10
    I own about 6,000 albums overall and this is one of my all time favs ever. Ben Knox Miller is a genius as are the others in this band. They are uber talented and everyone should know them and listen to them. They are truely a beacon in the night of an otherwise trashy music industry. Too bad shrimp has no clue who these guys are for they are not the Killers or Coldplay. Expand
  2. Isaac
    Jun 16, 2009
    9
    This album is absolutely outstanding. As with most albums that aren't about stupid pop rock, I highly recommend you read the lyrics as you listen along to get the full experience. This album is wonderfully diverse. From the rich, sorrowful lyrics of "Ticket Taker" to the creepy instrumentals of "Music Box" to the hardish rock of "The Horizon is a Beltway" The Low Anthem demonstrates it isn't another indie band singing about a bad break up. I highly recommend this album, you won't regret buying it. Expand
  3. HooverP
    Jun 28, 2009
    9
    If you read Christian Hoard's 3-sentence review in RollingStone, you'll realize he may not have even listened to the whole album. I can't believe RS even paid him for such a lazy, slapdash effort. Expand
  4. Mar 27, 2012
    8
    Oh My God is this a Bob Dylan record?! A really good album, wears the influence of Electric Dylan clearly on the sleeve but there is also a touch of Tom Waits in there as well. If your into folk and are a fan of the aforementioned artists then you will really enjoy this one. It's not the most original record but the song writing is of a very high level lyrically and musically. Well worth investing your time and money in this one. Expand
  5. MS
    Aug 13, 2009
    7
    Schizophrenic in its mellowness and straight out country guitar-outs. Probably the second best Neil Young album you'll hear this year.