- Artist(s): Gabe Witcher, Chris Thile, Chris Eldridge, Paul Kowert
- Summary: The second album for the bluegrass five-piece band led by Chris Thile is the first to feature Paul Kowert who replaced Greg Garrison in November of 2008.
- Record Label: Nonesuch
- Genre(s): Country, Contemporary Bluegrass, Progressive Bluegrass, String Bands
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Punch Brothers tuck their instrumental prowess into songs, behind or between the arching melodies carried by Mr. Thile's high, aching voice. And he brings something unexpected to the pickin' party: angst, which in these songs often happens to revolve around the dangerous lure of available women.
Positive: 2 out of 2
Mixed: 0 out of 2
Negative: 0 out of 2
Feb 16, 2013It really is a great album and a great gift for the audience returned to Folk, these guys do a job graceful and almost flawless, Punch BrotherIt really is a great album and a great gift for the audience returned to Folk, these guys do a job graceful and almost flawless, Punch Brother certainly is a large group of its kind.… Expand
Mar 9, 2015Antifogmatic, noun. 1. An alcoholic drink taken in the morning to brace oneself before going out into bad weather. Although the setup is of aAntifogmatic, noun. 1. An alcoholic drink taken in the morning to brace oneself before going out into bad weather. Although the setup is of a traditional five-piece string band (and the album name taken from a 19th century “health” practice), there is nothing traditional about Punch Brothers' Antifogmatic. Labeling their vein of bluegrass music as progressive would be a considerable understatement: Thile integrates influences as diverse as Bach and Bill Evans into the band's sound, as heard on their previous album Punch. While its predecessor was defined by a leviathan level of musicianship, ingenuity, and ambitiousness bordering on unintelligibility (notably Blind Leaving The Blind, a 40-minute, 4-part Newgrassical suite), Antifogmatic straddles the sidelines between the band's well known convolution and a new sense of accessibility (one may dare to use the description “poppy”) not heard since Thile's work in Nickel Creek.
Moments like the chorus of “You Are” or the verses of “Rye Whiskey” would get most people's feet tapping, while Thile's soaring tenor vocals throughout the record dapple a feeling of familiarity over the sometimes disparate and dissonant instrumental background. The group's progressive approach to harmony and arrangement can be felt palpably on “Welcome Home” while a rich and energetic variety of rhythms are employed on “Don't Need No.” The group adorns the album with their musical chemistry and compositional prowess as one would adorn a Christmas tree with lights and ornaments, and Thile's virtuosic mandolin work floats like an angel above the whole thing.
Although Punch Brothers is far from the most accessible group in the country and folk genres, Antifogmatic gives more handholds for easy listening than previously offered. The track “Alex” presents nice juxtaposition of a serenading, almost lullaby-esque shuffle interrupted by a more urgent chorus. Of any of the Punch Brothers' albums, I would first recommend this one to a friend. This is because of the digestibility with which the band presents their style without any sacrifice of the taste or textures that define Punch Brothers. Despite this, one should take the album with a grain of salt, bracing for unconventionalism and turbulence in Antifogmatic, much like one would take an Antifogmatic before venturing into a storm.… Expand
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