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  • Artist(s): The Second Hand Orchestra
  • Summary: The debut full-length collaboration between the Scottish singer-songwriter and the Secondhand Orchestra that includes Karl-Jonas Winqvist, Peter Morén, Cecilia Österholm, Emma Nordenstam, and Ulrika Gyllenberg was recorded over three days.
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  • Record Label: Domino
  • Genre(s): Classical, Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, British Folk
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 22, 2021
    Simply putting a group of barely-familiars in a room together doesn't necessarily guarantee collaborative magic, but Yorkston & the Secondhand Orchestra complement each other's strengths well on this richly satisfying matchup.
  2. Jan 22, 2021
    It’s contagious joy to hear players with such abandon and intuition, braiding their lines together.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 22, 2021
    The immediacy is obvious, and the band stretch Yorkston's reassuring vulnerability in new directions. [Feb 2021, p.37]
  4. Jan 25, 2021
    Yorkston’s collaboration with the Second Hand Orchestra seems especially fruitful, giving him a jolt, shake them out of his usual tricks and proclivities and opening up new possibilities. If the stories don’t quite scan, the musical more than makes up for it, carrying you past the sense of this music into a restless, moving, non-verbal understanding of what the artists are going for.
  5. Mojo
    Jan 22, 2021
    Yorkston is one of our finest talents, still stretching out. [Feb 2021, p.82]
  6. Feb 9, 2021
    The beauty of The Wide, Wide River allows the coziness back in without making concessions to Yorkston's continued development and desire to push beyond traditional folk music. This collaboration with the Second Hand Orchestra is more heirloom than hand-me-down.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 24, 2021
    Melodies full of charm. A wonderful combination of freedom and intimacy. Amazing work.
  2. Feb 27, 2021
    I was losely following James Yorkston al this years (from his 2nd album and on) but while I always liked his output, for some reason or theI was losely following James Yorkston al this years (from his 2nd album and on) but while I always liked his output, for some reason or the other I was not that engaged with him. But, this album is something else. I cannot understand why someone couldn't possibly be engaged with it :-) All the songs are top-notch, but There Is No Upside and especially A Very-Old Fashioned Blues are the best songs from the alt-indie-pop-rock field that I've heard in... years! Excellent album. Expand