anais mitchell - young man in america

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Anyone else enjoying Anais Mitchell's new album?

http://devonrecordclub.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/anais-mitchell-young-man-in-america-round-24-toms-selection/

yugi ex, Friday, 23 March 2012 22:37 (ten years ago) link

Obviously not!

yugi ex, Saturday, 24 March 2012 22:37 (ten years ago) link

seven years pass...

the Bonny Light Horseman album (Mitchell / Eric Johnson of Fruit Bats / Josh Kaufman) is gorgeous, I've had it on repeat all morning. Helps if, like me, "revisionist trad-folk" is one of your favorite things.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 15:38 (two years ago) link

Mitchell and Johnson ... those voices, man

alpine static, Thursday, 30 January 2020 05:52 (two years ago) link

yeah I've never been that big on Fruit Bats but they sound wonderful together

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Thursday, 30 January 2020 12:49 (two years ago) link

finally a good horseman

ciderpress, Friday, 7 February 2020 06:41 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

Only just come across this. Sounding perfect this evening.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 20:42 (one year ago) link

I'm glad she found massive success on Broadway cause otherwise she is wildly underappreciated

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 22:37 (one year ago) link

Assuming we're talking about Bonny Light Horseman, yes it's totally lovely.

I listened to it when it came out but then it got lost on the far side of February hospitalisation for me, rediscovering it this week has been a joy.

Tim F, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 23:11 (one year ago) link

one of my most listened to this year, a total balm.

the quar on drugs (Simon H.), Tuesday, 28 July 2020 23:14 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Believe this to be among the best folk albums of the century.

New self-titled is great, too, with a more expansive sound.

Indexed, Wednesday, 11 May 2022 16:51 (one week ago) link

Assuming you’re talking about Young Man in America and not Bonny Light Horseman, which sort of hijacked the thread in the posts above yours, I whole-heartedly agree. Criminally slept on.

The new one hasn’t clicked with me yet but I imagine it will. Her own recording of Hadestown followed by Young Man is one of my favorite one-two punches in recent memory.

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Thursday, 12 May 2022 02:49 (one week ago) link

Yep

Indexed, Thursday, 12 May 2022 18:22 (one week ago) link

I hadn’t even realised the new album was out - turns out it’s been out for months??

Anyway, this is excellent, very much of a piece with Young Man In America and The Brightness (which I like as much if not even more than Young Man) - spare and crystalline and sympathetically arranged, nothing getting in the way of Anais’s voice and the directness of her songwriting, a directness that might be corny if her portraits weren’t always so skilfully drawn, so tender, so knowing but generous - her persona in her songs always reminds me of the woman in Joni Mitchell’s “A Case Of You” (“she knew your life, she knew your devils and your deeds and she said, ‘go to him, stay with him if you can, but be prepared to bleed…’”).

I do wonder if she’ll ever embrace the ambition of Hadestown again, but it’s very difficult to resent the smaller and more intimate targets of the rest of her work when she hits them so skilfully.

Tim F, Friday, 13 May 2022 12:41 (one week ago) link

spare and crystalline and sympathetically arranged, nothing getting in the way of Anais’s voice and the directness of her songwriting, a directness that might be corny if her portraits weren’t always so skilfully drawn, so tender, so knowing but generous


Lovely description and totally otm

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Saturday, 14 May 2022 06:32 (one week ago) link

cheers for the revive all. never heard her before but the glowing positivity got me curious. first listen to young man in america presently and this is damn good. instant love on "dyin' day." still in the middle of the album, but this is serious business so far.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Sunday, 22 May 2022 02:18 (four hours ago) link

holy smokes this is fantastic. "shepherd" was a heartbreaker, damn. 4.5 mics. definitely checking out the rest of the discography.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Sunday, 22 May 2022 03:25 (three hours ago) link


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