Young Man In America - Anaïs Mitchell
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17

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  1. May 31, 2012
    Honestly beautiful, every song is great. "Young Man in America" is one of the best songs of 2012 by far. Everyone needs to check out this album because it is so diverse and complex and just a breath of fresh air
  2. Mar 15, 2012
    It's really rare to find an individual with such a unique voice coupled with great lyrical abilities. Young Man In America is definitely worth a listen.
  3. Mar 5, 2012
    While Hadestown was a masterfully executed epic folk-opera, with Young Man in America, Anais Mitchell returns to a simpler, yet beautiful form of story telling. Because it is not so concept oriented, each song is more accessible in its own right, while still cohering beautifully into an album worthy of listening to from start to finish. I think this is the perfect album to win over first-time listeners. Recommended Tracks: "Wilderland," "Young Man in America," "Venus," "Tailor" Expand
  4. Mar 1, 2012
    To the previous reviewer, "it's" is clearly the correct spelling here. Maybe do a little grammar school refresher? As far as the record goes, IT'S absolutely gorgeous and one of the best things I've heard this year.
  5. Feb 28, 2012
    Dear previous reviewer,

    "It's" is a contraction. You meant to use "its."

    This record is brilliant. The melodies are gorgeous, heartbroken, and soft-spoken. The lyrics are brilliant and tragic. Her voice, Teaspoon be damned, is remarkable and heartfelt. Give it some time, it will entice you. Her third masterpiece in a row. Highly recommended.

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Apr 4, 2012
    Young Man in America, is just as ambitious [as her last release, Hadestown], but it's more intimate and accessible than its predecessor, focused on the textures of everyday life and the odd, stirring power of Mitchell's voice.
  2. Mar 19, 2012
    Young Man in America is born from sorrow, suffering, shattered dreams and incendiary youth "waiting on oblivion", yet it's one of the most life-affirming musical journeys you'll have all year.
  3. 80
    You have to be in the mood for Young Man In America but, when you are, you'll be rewarded by an absorbing album.