Voice of Ages - The Chieftains
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  • Band members: Matt Molloy, Paddy Moloney, Kevin Conneff, Sean Keane
  • Summary: The 50th anniversary for The Chieftains sees the Irish folk group working with Bon Iver, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Civil Wars, The Decemberists, Imelda May, Lisa Hannigan, The Low Anthem, Carlos Nunez, Paolo Nutini, Pistol Annies, Punch Brothers, and The Secret Sisters on the T-Bone Burnett/Paddy Moloney-produced album. Expand
  • Record Label: Hear Music
  • Genre(s): Celtic, Pop/Rock, International, Celtic Fusion, Contemporary Celtic, Celtic Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. [May 2012, p.94]
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    80
    If its purpose is to celebrate the traditional Irish music that The Chieftains have played for half a century, note their influence and even open them up to new audiences, it does exactly that.
  3. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    There are occasional flat spots (Paolo Nutini, the Secret Sisters) but ease, exuberance and quality easily outweigh any faux moments.
  4. Feb 21, 2012
    74
    Plumbs current indie folk and country, with varying degrees of success.
  5. Apr 16, 2012
    70
    As a tastefully populist exercise this set represents a job well done.
  6. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    Voice of Ages is a good Chieftains recording; its solid performances easily outweigh its duds, but it feels like something less than a 50th anniversary celebration.
  7. 60
    Paolo Nutini brings the apt timbre and weary dignity to "Hard Times (Come Again No More)", while The Decemberists' Colin Meloy has the sturdy asperity of a righteous ranter on a version of Dylan's "When The Ship Comes In".

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