Rough Carpenters - The Black Twig Pickers
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  • Summary: The latest full-length release from the Appalachian folk band was recorded during the same sessions as its 2012's Wompyjawed EP.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 22, 2013
    Welcome to 21st century Appalachian string band music. It hasn't changed that much. It doesn't have to, because it still works fine.
  2. Feb 28, 2013
    The Twigs sound tough and robust, ready to take on the whole world rather than cultivate one small part of it. [Feb 2013, p.45]
  3. Feb 22, 2013
    Rough Carpenters sounds vibrant and enveloping, an old-time feat for these mercurial times.
  4. Feb 20, 2013
    It doesn’t feel like a trip back into the past, but rather a reminder that the present need not be filtered through whatever technologies we’ve dreamed up.
  5. Feb 20, 2013
    With Rough Carpenters, the pickers are deeply respectful of the revenant forms they're extending, but the music is never leaden. [Mar 2013, p.67]
  6. Feb 20, 2013
    By calling their album Rough Carpenters, the Pickers are inevitably alluding to their creations as constructs of old timber, offered up with spontaneity and passion rather than precision. But it’s also a misleading moniker, for what is unquestionably the group’s smoothest ride yet.
  7. Feb 20, 2013
    Not much of a change then, is it? But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 24, 2013
    Rough Carpenters is my first encounter with The Black Twig Pickers, and I'm hooked. The whole album reeks of authenticity. Raw and honest vocals and low-fi voiced instrumentals makes it sound like the the recording was completed at a single session. The well balanced tunes are infectious. You have to join in, whether to sing, play along, or just stomp your feet.
    Jack of Diamonds You Play The High Cards I'll Play The Ace are two standout classics.
    Makes me want to jump on a plane, cross the pond, and get down with the locals in some Appalachian barn!