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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the trio that includes Anaïs Mitchell, Josh Kaufman and Eric D. Johnson includes new interpretations of traditional folk songs, many hundreds of years old.
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  1. Jan 23, 2020
    Bonny Light Horseman's eponymous debut is rich in folk history and offers a fresh take on centuries-old traditions. For trad-folk fans who like to dig deep, this record is a perfect launching point — there are endless avenues of history to be found here.
  2. Jan 29, 2020
    Add it all up and you’ve got not only one of the best albums of early 2020, but one worth remembering when it’s time to make your list at year’s end.
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    Jan 23, 2020
    The trio are faithful to their ancient source material, while adding spacious arrangements, harmony choruses and subtle embellishments that amplify the songs' emotional punch. [Feb 2020, p.25]
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    This is classic folk that shimmers with a vitality and determination so hypnotic and cohesive, it seems like they wrote these selections themselves. And except for occasional passé references like “magpie’s nest,” “one evening fair,” and “by the roving of her eye,” there isn’t much dated about the gorgeous approach.
  5. Jan 31, 2020
    It’s true that the steady pace of the album may turn some people off (there’s barely any percussion to be found on the entire record), but for folk fans especially, there’s a rich vein of history mined on Bonny Light Horseman that makes for rewarding listening. Some songs, after all, are just timeless.
  6. Jan 29, 2020
    Bonny Light Horseman gently cut these songs free from aging roots, transplanting them to the present.
  7. Jan 24, 2020
    Bonny Light Horseman resembles a somewhat above-average indie folk effort, not at all bad but not of lasting impact. Maybe they should have messed with this stuff a bit more.

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