The Way The Wind Blows

  • Record Label: Leaf
  • Release Date: Oct 17, 2006
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. And though the album sags a little towards the end, with a few shorter instrumental numbers, it’s still an invigorating journey, a caravan of cavorting musicians, careening through the countryside, stopping only to play festivals and funerals.
  2. Uncut
    80
    Vivid, diverse and faintly trippy. [Nov 2006, p.99]
  3. Barnes' accordion playing has grown leaps and bounds since Noon.
  4. Mojo
    80
    A set glorying in its sensual exoticism. [Jan 2007, p.102]
  5. If you liked Beirut, you’ll love this.
  6. A curious, klezmer-infested charm.
  7. The potency of AHAAH's genres of choice are both the album’s difficulty and strength; if you aren’t partial to Balkan brass, klezmer or mariachi, abandon all hope of sticking this one out.
  8. Q Magazine
    70
    An oddly affecting collage. [Dec 2006, p.132]
  9. Under The Radar
    70
    This is his best yet. [#15]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. leiris
    Nov 26, 2006
    8
    Pretty good stuff here. Even more enjoyable than his previous two.
  2. Gifthorse
    Nov 5, 2006
    10
    I don't rate music very often, but this album is genius. The compositions have a timeless folk quality that would lend themselves to a I don't rate music very often, but this album is genius. The compositions have a timeless folk quality that would lend themselves to a wide variety of occasions, helped by the wide variety of acoustic instruments that they are played with. You can imagine hearing this music at weddings, funerals, wherever human emotion is at the forefront of proceedings. Full Review »