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8.5

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82

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  1. Why Should the Fire Die? is a brave album that warrants more than a passing glance from country and bluegrass purists, and the full support of the indie rock/folk/pop community.
  2. Why Should the Fire Die? is certainly the trio's boldest and most creative album, albeit one that might not appeal to their earliest fans.
  3. Steeped in tradition... but also flirts with pop immediacy. [19 Aug 2005, p.144]