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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the indie folk trio includes a version of Kanye West's "Say You Will," four songs written by their grandfather, and a song written by their brother for director Wim Wenders' 1997 film "The End of Violence."
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  • Record Label: Trimeter Records
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Folk, Indie Folk
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
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  1. Feb 21, 2020
    90
    Personnel differs slightly on each selection and the support is both sturdy and nuanced. It’s as if you need to listen at least twice even for the initial listen, once for the vocal beauty and again for the instrumentation. Even though the year has just begun, expect this marvelous project to show up on many Year’s Best lists for 2020
  2. Uncut
    Feb 21, 2020
    90
    Sparse and otherworldly, yet powerful and dynamic. [Mar 2020, p.24]
  3. Feb 21, 2020
    80
    The Family Songbook sounds pleasingly simple on the surface, though closer inspection confirms this is an album of tremendous craft that achieves its effects in a way that camouflages the effort that went into its creation, allowing us to simply appreciate the beauty.
  4. Mojo
    Feb 21, 2020
    60
    Indie-folk lifers tackle the Prairie Home Companion canon, also bringing their ethereal close harmonies to Kanye West. [Apr 2020, p.96]