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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release in a decade for the folk singer-songwriter features covers of songs by such artists as Anohni, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tim Eriksen, Joe Henry (who also produced the album), and Josh Ritter.
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  1. 80
    The years have added grain and intimacy to Baez’s magisterial voice, especially on songs centred on retrospection, regret and mortality.
  2. Mar 2, 2018
    The takeaway from Joan Baez's latest--following her well-earned 2017 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame--is how essential her work remains.
  3. Mar 2, 2018
    The production by Joe Henry is superb, matching Baez's vocals with subtle but simpatico accompaniment from a studio band that knows how to shine while making room for the protagonist. Whistle Down the Wind is a portrait of an artist who, at the age of 77, has not given up on her muse or her ideals, and while it's subtle, it's also a deeply moving piece of work that demands attention.
  4. Uncut
    Mar 2, 2018
    It offers astutely resonant personal ruminations at the dame time as honouring Baez's enduring search for material which speaks to the social condition of the age. [Apr 2018, p.25]
  5. Mar 12, 2018
    She doesn’t shy away from political protest, but she’s careful to couch her dissent in the personal and the compassionate.
  6. Mar 2, 2018
    Aside from her moving rendition of little-known folk artist Zoe Mulford's "The President Sang Amazing Grace," Baez chooses songs that are close to her heart and represent her long journey, political struggles and ideals succinctly.
  7. Mojo
    Mar 2, 2018
    With a shrewd selection of material by the likes of Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, Eliza Gilkyson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Anohni and Zoe Milford, some effectively subtle, engagingly tasteful arrangements and an immaculate production by Joe Henry, it all sounds of the day for the day. [Apr 2018, p.95]
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