Welcome Joy - The Cave Singers
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  • Summary: The second album for the Seattle-based indie rock band was produced by Colin Stewart.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Emphatic yet rarely overbearing choruses, all delivered in a subtle manner, will always bring me back to the road. The Cave Singers have mastered the art of give and take.
  2. This is a remarkable album in every sense.
  3. 80
    Mumbly, scratchy-voiced Pete Quirk is more self-assured than on 2007’s Invitation Songs, championing optimism and determination in the face of trouble, powered by sharp folk and country-blues guitars, plus no-frills percussion.
  4. The Cave Singers, though hobbled by their overly-familiar nature, make sweet, sentimental music. Welcome Joy, despite its rockier bent, is no exception.
  5. 60
    They're more likely to be judged on face value, but that shouldn't do them any harm. [Sep 2009, p.95]
  6. 60
    This time around they've learnt to loosen up slightly, enlisting the help of Amber Webber from Black Mountain and adding a pleasingly West Coast sensibility to what was previously a rather monochromatic Americana mix. [Sep 2009, p.81]
  7. That lack of propulsion makes Welcome Joy something of a sleepwalker.

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