Voice of Ages - The Chieftains
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    There are occasional flat spots (Paolo Nutini, the Secret Sisters) but ease, exuberance and quality easily outweigh any faux moments.
  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 13, 2012
    80
    Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. [May 2012, p.94]
  4. Apr 6, 2012
    80
    An epic hour of music. [May 2012, p.69]
  5. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    The Chieftains' new Voice of Ages gives voice to the Civil Wars, the Decemberists, the Low Anthem, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Pistol Annies, and the Secret Sisters, among others, but its identity as a Chieftains album is never in doubt.
  6. Mar 12, 2012
    75
    A few songs flop... but the overall is a fitting celebration of the Chieftain's 50 years of music. [No. 85, p. 53]
  7. 75
    The dreamy "Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies" showcases Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies, while the Civil Wars connect Ireland to Appalachia.
  8. Feb 21, 2012
    74
    Plumbs current indie folk and country, with varying degrees of success.
  9. Apr 16, 2012
    70
    As a tastefully populist exercise this set represents a job well done.
  10. 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".
  11. Apr 19, 2012
    60
    This new set has a fashionable cast list, but is more patchy.
  12. Apr 19, 2012
    60
    It works remarkably well. [May 2012, p.83]
  13. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    Indie rock's cult of schlubby singing doesn't always merge with the Chieftains' crystalline professionalism.
  14. 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.

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