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  • Summary: The third full-length release for singer-songwriter features Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser and was produced by Bernard Butler.
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  1. Jan 31, 2020
    100
    “Wow” seems an appropriate response to this sublime album. ... Sam Lee’s Old Wow is a spine-tingling collection of traditional songs, artfully reinterpreted for contemporary ears and concerns. It is folk music that demands to be heard in the 21st century.
  2. Jan 31, 2020
    80
    Butler has produced Old Wow like a soul record, full of space and warmth.
  3. Mojo
    Jan 31, 2020
    80
    As sad ballad follows sad ballads towards the close, Old Wow is not as well-paces. Nonetheless it's full of resonant music. [Feb 2020, p.94]
  4. 80
    Once again the songs are all traditional, while Lee has skilfully intercut some and “rewilded” them with the odd flourish – the “Old Wow” of the title is his name for an awestruck sense of nature.
  5. Uncut
    Jan 31, 2020
    70
    Britfolk's most adventurous neo-traditionalist takes the surprise quotient to new heights on this conceptual set. [Feb 2020, p.30]