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  • Summary: The fifth full-length release for the British indie folk/blues duo was recorded with Phil Ek.
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  • Record Label: Year Seven Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, British Folk-Rock
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 31, 2020
    While Darkness Brings the Wonders Home finds Smoke Fairies toying with a new and different approach, it also reinforces what they do best; it's a detour that happens to take them someplace worth visiting.
  2. Mojo
    Feb 19, 2020
    This is Smoke Fairies' strongest, most urgent album to date. [Apr 2020, p.93]
  3. Uncut
    Jan 31, 2020
    By facing up to their demons, they've recaptured what made them special. [Mar 2020, p.37]
  4. Jan 31, 2020
    By tweaking the American seasoning in their long-simmering stew of English folk, Smoke Fairies have finally delivered on their early promise to create an album you can truly get lost in.
  5. Mar 5, 2020
    There is a fuzziness to the sound. The lyrics are indistinct, even as the words are carefully articulated. It takes a second or two after initially hearing them to decipher what was sung.
  6. Q Magazine
    Jan 31, 2020
    Aims for the middle ground, aided by Phil Ek and a sturdier indie-rock back-up that doesn't always suit them. [Mar 2020, p.120]