Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest 

It's been eight years since Gillian Welch's last album and the The Harrow & The Harvest is worth the wait.

The interplay between Welch and David Rawlings's guitars is dazzlingly expert as they dance around the slow, melancholy beauty of Welch's voice. There cannot be another musical duet around at the moment who are able to make two acoustic guitars and two voices produce a sound that is so subtle and yet powerful.

Welch once admitted that "I don’t start writing until I’m totally miserable" and the opener Scarlet Town is certainly bleak. "It's a little dark and a little vengeful," she said.

Tennessee is a gem of a song ("Of all the ways I've found to hurt myself, you may be my favourite one of all") delivered in a perfect languid drawl by Welch but all 10 originals are hugely satisfying and complement each other so well.

Also worth a mention in dispatches is the glorious album cover artwork by John Dyer Baizley, a painter and musician based in Savannah, Georgia.

This is American folk music at its very best. 5 Stars - M. Chilton The Telegraph

Tracklist

A1 Scarlet Town  
A2 Dark Turn Of Mind  
A3 The Way It Will Be  
A4 The Way It Goes  
A5 Tennessee  
B1 Down Along The Dixie Line  
B2 Six White Horses  
B3 Hard Times  
B4 Silver Dagger  
B5 The Way The Whole Thing Ends  

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