The Ash & Clay - The Milk Carton Kids
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  • Band members: Joey Ryan, Ken Pattengale
  • Summary: This is the second studio release from the Los Angeles-based folk duo of Joey Ryan and Ken Pattengale.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    The Ash & Clay is an album sure to become increasingly meaningful with time.
  2. Mar 29, 2013
    76
    The Ash & Clay takes this live approach and translates it into the duo’s most collaborative and folk-driven record yet.
  3. Apr 16, 2013
    75
    Some of the Milk Carton Kids' best work to date. [No. 97, p.56]
  4. Mar 29, 2013
    70
    If there is to be a quibble with the Milk Carton Kids, it may be that aurally and to some extent, thematically, it’s hard to separate them from their influences.
  5. Mar 29, 2013
    60
    The album succeeds more often than it flounders, and even then, the singin' and pickin' is so good that it's hard not to submit, but one wishes that the pair had decided to infuse the collection with a bit more of their signature wit, as much of The Ash & Clay feels a bit like a serious Flight of the Conchords.
  6. Aug 12, 2013
    60
    The Ash & Clay, which is the new record from The Milk Carton Kids, is a fine representation of a dish that’s been plated to near perfection with but a small amount of key elements to make it a delight.
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  1. Apr 14, 2013
    8
    These guys remind me of Simon & Garfunkel. They remind us that you can make beautiful, powerful music with the simplicity of just two voices and two guitars. How do they do it? They use clever, provocative lyrics, lovely vocal harmonies, and very nice guitar melodies. It's not a very versatile album, but if you like this kind of music, it really delivers. It keeps your interest because there are so many moments throughout the album that can speak to you, and make you feel something. It's very competently done, in order to create something as beautiful as this album is. my favorite is probably either the title track or "Years Gone By", but really, there isn't a song on its own, that you would hear outside of the album, like maybe on the radio or something, that you wouldn't be compelled to find out who the artist was, and where you can listen to the song again. Expand