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  • Summary: The collaboration between the Carolina Chocolate Drops member with Francesco Turrisi was recorded over five days in Dublin and was produced by Joe Henry.
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  1. May 3, 2019
    100
    For an album recorded in only five days, it wallops with impact. Giddens is going supernova, and it’s a blistering thing.
  2. May 2, 2019
    90
    Many of the songs on There Is No Other are structurally simple but most of the arrangements are compellingly imaginative. This is a magical listen from as tight a partnership as you’ll hear. As the title implies, it’s incomparable.
  3. Uncut
    May 2, 2019
    90
    This is acoustic roots music at its most glorious, and Giddens is fast becoming the genre's brightest star in the firmament. [Jun 2019, p.33]
  4. May 2, 2019
    80
    By initially connecting at this gut emotional level, There Is No Other invites the repeated listens required to discover all of its mysteries but Giddens and Turrisi are by no means offering solutions: the more There Is No Other reveals, the more it becomes apparent that its depths are fathomless.
  5. Mojo
    May 2, 2019
    80
    [Francesco Turrisi's] accompaniments, often on old/unusual instruments, add a strange, delicate beauty to Giddens' solemn, powerful soprano. [Jun 2019, p.89]
  6. May 8, 2019
    76
    With such sparse arrangements, the album’s grandest moments come from Giddens’ vocals. She delivers her originals with the same spirit as more familiar material, like a show-stopping take on “Wayfaring Stranger.”
  7. May 3, 2019
    70
    It’s hard not to wish for a few more moments like that on There Is No Other, where old-school songcraft takes precedence over the album’s bravely collaborative spirit. But Gidden’s new album, yet another fine entry in her outstanding current run, is ultimately the most distilled and sui generis display of the unique artistry that defines her still-blossoming career.

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  1. May 20, 2019
    10
    This feels like a landmark album. Familiar in many ways but with startling new sounds and textures that totally recreate the traditional song.This feels like a landmark album. Familiar in many ways but with startling new sounds and textures that totally recreate the traditional song. Makes you just want to hang and see where the music takes you. Expand