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  • Summary: The North Carolina bluegrass quartet releases its follow-up to the band's 2008 album IV.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
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  1. The accomplished and entirely delightful Wildwood--which has the same kind of unassuming, cordial warmth as Rawlings's Friend of a Friend album from last year--will ensure that their reputation only continues to rise.
  2. Not many bands bring together bluegrass' past and present the way Chatham County Line do, and fewer still can do it this well; Wildwood shows they keep getting better as they follow new stylistic detours in their music.
  3. As such, it's perhaps a little less satisfying and immediate than IV, which is still the band's finest album, but it seems to set them up to do anything they want on their next record. And it's also likely to help build their audience outward a bit.
  4. 60
    These veteran North Carolinians invariably put out albums of spirit, vim and polished Americana, with songs that boast powerful melodies and gorgeous harmonies. [Oct 2010, p.89]
  5. There's also no faulting the band's performances. Banjoist Chandler Holt and mandolinist John Teer remain two of country music's most unheralded musicians, and bassist Greg Readling and guest percussionist Zeke Hutchins give the songs strong rhythm sections. There simply isn't anything innovative.
  6. While not scaling great heights, Wildwood is modern, bluegrass-tinged Americana of undeniable warmth. [Summer 2010, p.88]
  7. The North Carolina quartet's banjo lopes alongside their classy Americana tunes. [Oct 2010, p.104]

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