The Clearing - Bowerbirds
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  • Band members: Phil Moore
  • Summary: The third album recorded at Justin Vernon's studio with Brian Joseph for the North Carolina trio is said to be bigger, bolder, and broader than previous releases.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 26
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  1. The strongest album of their career thus far.
  2. 80
    The Clearing demonstrates an increase in the trio's breadth and scope, similar to Iron and Wine's The Shepherd's Dog, but minus the studio wonkery.
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    Bowerbirds at their least bucolic, both expanding and focusing on a sound that is as timeless as The Band. [Apr 2012, p. 89]
  4. Mar 5, 2012
    Although somewhat too sleepy at times, the album's journey of personal admittance uses the instruments strategically to ignite little bursts of hope and newness.
  5. Mar 15, 2012
    Gorgeously flawed, The Clearing is a quiet triumph.
  6. Mar 7, 2012
    Rock tropes work well for them. They shouldn't be afraid to embrace that in perpetuity.
  7. Apr 12, 2012
    The Clearing is nothing if not the sound of a band discovering a new home, musically, emotionally, and physically. The sound is far bigger than either of the previous fingerpicking-heavy records.

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  1. Feb 15, 2014
    Great masterwork. Je suis stupéfait de tomber sur une oeuvre de ce niveau (pop alternative à tendance folk), un peu comme l'incroyable "A Church..." de leurs collègues Lost in the Trees. Du grand art. Tout y est : richesse des compositions, recherche d'accompagnement incroyable, richesse vocale. Tout est bon, rien à jeter. Travail de très haute qualité. Mérite de devenir une référence. Un seul regret : des passages plus bruyants (je suis alergique notamment aux guitares électriques). Il pouvaient en rester aux sonorités plus acoustiques des Cds précédents. Expand
  2. Mar 31, 2012
    Recorded in Justin Vernon's studio, third album of Bowerbirds - "The Clearing" is somewhat the essence of folk. We can find a carefree, but also pathetic "Tuck In The Darkness", "In the Yard" - referring to the recent doings of Bon Iver, or purely acoustic "Walk the Furrows". Components of the songs such as the bridges in the "Brave World" at times did not stick to the main axis, thereupon listener gets rather chaotic compositions. However, ignoring these minor shortcomings "The Clearing" can be stated as a good album. Expand