Time (The Revelator) is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. All songs were written by Welch together with David Rawlings and were recorded at RCA Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee, with the exception of "I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll", which was recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium as part of the sessions for the concert film Down from the Mountain.Wikipedia
I had never heard of Gillian Welch before thi sprang up in my playlist. My appreciation for country, Americana, bluegras and such is a little limited, due to both a lack of knowledge and a wariness based on prominence of the genres' more embarrassing examples. So, I hope you understand that I began playing this album with open-mindedness, but with a dash of trepidation. Within a minute the album had struck me with a haymaker, mocking me for my hesitancy. This album is not only brilliant, it's obviously, mathematically brilliant. I try not to use hyperbole, but I am struggling to describe this album without resorting to such. Both unadorned and luxurious, this is the result of exquisite care taken with both art and craft. If you don't appreciate this faultless yet human treasure, then you should have a good long talk with yourelf.
2 of 5 (10/5/21) When people ask me what it was like to be part of the Nashville music scene, they're hoping to hear about a vibrant, exciting community creating innovative and unique new musical offerings for the world to hear. "What's it like to see a songwriter set at the legendary Blue Bird Cafe?" they ask, wide eyed and eager. Well, 90% of it sounds exactly like this. Generic, country-adjacent, sad-sack, wanna-be-crooner, singer-songwriter noise. Boring and samey. God forbid you be an actually exceptional female singer-songwriter in Nashville. It's nearly impossible to rise above the noise of all of the girl-and-guitar acts glutting the stages, bars, and coffee houses of Nashville, TN. The main reason this didn't get a 1-star review is because the track "I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll" is excellent and completely different from the rest of the album. And no wonder. It's recorded live at The Ryman and produced by T-Bone Burnett who's exceptionally good at what he does. If the whole album had followed the lead of this one track, this review would have been significantly different. Sadly, for everyone who has to listen to this album, it doesn't and this track stands alone, an island in a sea of mediocrity.
I went back and gave it another two listens that day.
An unexpected delight. Sparse, but doesn't really need much. Feels like am intimate back porch jam. Blends bluegrass, country, and folk expertly. Vocally reminds me of Bonnie Raitt. Didn't expect to give this a 5, but here we are. Favorite tracks: "April the 14th", "Elvis Presley Blues", "Everything Is Free"
It’s Been a long time that I heard an album of which I loved every song on the first listen - wonderful
I’ve never been a fan of this type of music either. I felt really haunted listening to it though, it was full of pain even when the lyrical content was reflecting something innocuous or positive. Too slow, too “artsy” for my taste but fuck if I didn’t *feel* something
One of the best albums all time--enough said, but I'll say more. The marriage of poetic lyrics and tasteful, subtle instrumentation in this album is unlike anything I've ever heard. Most songs are just 2 instruments, and yet each is a distinct arrangement completely articulated around the story painted by the words. The experience of this album is akin to sitting in a room with a master painter or other artisan and watching a masterpiece come to life quietly and softly before you.
Gillian Welch's third album, Time (The Revelator), finds the folk vocalist and musician shifting her attention from achingly beautiful mountain ballads to achingly beautiful pop/rock ballads. Regarding this album, Welch states: "As opposed to being little tiny folk songs or traditional songs, they're really tiny rock songs. They're just performed in this acoustic setting. In our heads we went electric without changing instruments." This philosophy is most evident in songs like "I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll" and "Elvis Presley Blues," with her longtime collaborator David Rawlings accompanying her on Louvin-esque high harmonies and vintage guitar. Fans of the duo's neo-old-timey sound will be happy to hear a few of their familiar, intimate dust bowl folk songs peering through the fence posts. The banjo-driven "My First Lover" could've been recorded on Alan Lomax's back porch, while the title track aches and moans along with the best of her two previous albums. Rawlings' production on the album remains warm and intimate throughout, capturing the subtleties of the acoustic instruments and earthy harmonies. Highlights include the passionate romp "Red Clay Halo," which includes the best elements of time-honored folk stylings and their newfound passion for rock & roll, and the hushed awe that captures the audience in the Ryman Auditorium during the live recording of "I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll." Time (The Revelator) ends with an unprecedented 15-minute track called "I Dream a Highway," which drifts lazily through the album's final moments, sweetly dozing in the current like Huck and Jim's Mississippi River afternoons. Welch and Rawlings are at the top of their form and continue to make the best Americana recordings without resorting to drenching their albums in guest stars, but by writing and performing heartfelt songs that speak with a clear and undeniable honesty.
Beautiful, timeless folk/country/bluegrass. Strong and heartfelt performances. I like it. The down side is that it's really not very original or creative. For an album released in 2001, this is all stuff that could have been recorded 50 or even 70 years earlier. There is nothing here you haven't heard before. Still, periodically people need to return to these kind of classic/roots sounds and this record does a great job delivering it.
Her voice is very soothing. Perhaps her voice being so fragile necessitates the music being scant. Keith Moon attacking the drum kit just wouldn't work. Regardless, Mr. Rawlings is very capable picking the 6 strings. I don't really know her music except for the gospel song "I'll Fly Away" which she sang as a duet with Alison Krause on the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack.
What came first? Gillian Welch or Lilith Fair?
“Time (The Revelator)” by Gillian Welch (2001) Maintaining the bare essentials of folk, this album moves the serious listener beyond Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Judy Collins into the twenty first century. And it makes the serious folk fan wish that time would not only reveal, but stop, dammit. Welch’s singing and songwriting are respectable exemplars of the genre, sometimes (“Revelator”and “April the 14th, Pt. 1”) bringing to mind David Crosby’s more thoughtful work. But the performances are under-rehearsed. Nearly every track could have used at least one more take. Lots of clunkers in there. Lyrics are neither deep nor clever, but are suitably poetic, with plenty of intriguing images and reverie. David Rawlings’ support on guitar is shaky, with more than a few flubs in his all too improvisational accompaniment. But his backing vocals are well suited to Welch’s compositions, providing occasionally mesmerizing harmonies. Welch’s banjo playing (especially on “My First Lover”) is not particularly accomplished, although her banjo break in the unsubtly sarcastic live performance of “I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll” is outstanding. Really. “I Dream a Highway Back to You” is beautifully evocative, if you have the patience to sit through 14:39 of mournful reflection. Since I did, I paid the price in sadness. I need another cup of coffee. 2/5
Such an instant crush on her. Incredible music
Everything modern Americana should be
Love her albums … The songs keep giving
Wonderful album. It was nice to listen to it again, and it was as beautiful as I remembered it to be.
Really love this.
I bought this album when it was first released and I still find it amazing. Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings as a songwriting, singing, and guitar-playing duo are far, far too overlooked. Each one on their own is phenomenal; together, I really just love what they do on so many levels. My first real exposure to them as a duo was when I saw the concert film, 'Down From The Mountain', which was strung together from performances at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, USA, by musicians who contributed to the amazing soundtrack from 'O, Brother, Where Art Thou?' Ms. Welch and Mr. Rawlings did a live performance of 'I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll' that went straight and deep into my heart and has never left me. It's stunning. And now I get to re-listen to the whole darn album thanks to this project. Even one listen to the opening track, 'Revelator', sets me on the journey on another plane. Thank you.
This album by Gillian Welch is a meandering contemplative blend of folk and bluegrass. The music itself it rather sparse which draws attention to and highlights the vocals. The album is pervaded with a sense of melancholic reflection that leaves the listener feeling the weight of the lyrics. There is an earnestness to this album which really draws me and I have found myself re-listening to it.
An extremely lovely album.
Fantastic! Great feel for period pieces. She's right up there with Allison Krause in her song writing. Loved this album and will listen to it many more times.
Spare and haunting in a way that leaves the listener oddly fulfilled. Just gorgeous.
The Carnival is strong with this one. I dug the album.
Very quiet music. David Rawlings is amazing.
Nice and pretty, but didn't deliver enough to stand out
Beautiful, soulful, Americana.
Pretty cool and relaxing country music, with some rad harmonies at times.
A šta je zadnja stvar predivna. Vrh albuma a ujedno i kraj. Lijep country/Americana album, laganih nota i lijepog glasa. Također zadnji dan u Prvči NG M-1, pa znam koji sam album slušao zadnji ovdje jer smo sa ovim krenuli taman negdje u drugom tjednu kad sam krenuo ovdje raditi. Ovaj album ću još preslušati par puta sigurno, vruće ljeto u prirodi ili rana jesen. Definitivno vjerujem da je za to vrijeme.
Not a fan of traditional country, but this album I really enjoyed. Highlights: Revelator, Red Clay Halo, Everything Is Free
Tengo una fascinación por los temas en donde lo único que se escucha es la voz, algún que otro piano y guitarras/bajos. Esa sonido medio "unplugged" siempre me gustó y este disco tiene mucho de eso. Hace muchos años que tengo la costumbre de escuchar covers en versión acústica de temas que me gustan mucho mucho pero siendo intepretados por gente random de youtube. Es mi paco de hace muchos años. Volviendo, esa cosa "intima" me gusta demasiado. La voz de ella me encanta y esa guitarra con el banjo se hablan muy bien. Me lo puse a escuchar a la noche, mientras escriba el 365 y creo que es para eso, para desconectar del día. Disco rutero pero de esos que sirven para regresar al hotel. Me da a música de esos películas donde el protagonista está medio bajón, bebida alcohólica en mano y mucho fuera de foco pero que el sentimiento que te quiere transmitir es que todo va a estar bien. Revelator, Dear Someone, Everything is Free son los temás que más me gustaron. El último tema de 15 minutos siento que es innecesario. Los primeros 3 minutos es escuchable, después parece que el tema entró en un infinite loop. La muerte. ¿Volvería a escuchar el disco? Sí. 8 ludomatics.
Reminds me a lot of Laura Marling (or I guess the other way around). Nice, calming country sounds.
interesting album, i had to actually sit still and listen to it to really appreciate it. Since the melodies are simple and its mostly voice driven.
This is really lovely album. The sweet and simple acoustic arrangement is excellent, and Welch's soft, bittersweet vocal will put you in a contemplative mood. As one reviewer put it, there is a sadness to these songs, even when the lyrics don't particularly call for it. The pace is slow and lingering, which some people may not like, but it's a really enjoyable listen. Not a bad song on here, really. Fave songs: Revelator, Everything is Free, Dear Someone, I Dream a Highway
Powerful stuff - reminds me of singers like Fiona Apple, Sheila Nichols and Cathy Davey... just a really strong, emotive, cosmic voice, she knows what she wants to say and says it in a way that's greater than the sum of its parts. Really enjoyed
Not usually my taste but this album was great! I can imagine putting it on when someone comes over for dinner / chill
It's good to listen to folk once in awhile
inviting yet mysteries tunes
aan het genieten. een rustig country album met een mooie vrouwenstem. Zeker tof om eens te luisteren. Ik ga het opslaan maar weet niet of ik er vaak naar ga terugkeren.
3.5 | Que disco tan tan agradablemente sorpresivo. Al parecer las portadas de mujeres en vestidos de flores con fotos mal tomadas son un buen augurio. Country blues folk muy muy bien hecho. La música a pesar de ser tan clásica Americana no se siente ni trillada y de hecho con ciertos arreglos se siente bastante moderna. Voz muy buena, letras inteligentes. Nunca la había escuchado pero podría ser de los mejores countries alternativos que he escuchado.
Excellent Gillian Welch album, with various 5* songs, such as the opener and the two final songs.
My dad loved the music of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, so I've known this album for years. I love the way their guitars and voices intertwine, the snaky guitar leads that occasionally dip into dissonance, and the haunted melancholy feel of it. Probably my favourite album of hers. A unique sound.
This is very nice. I prefer the more modern sounding tunes to the purist traditional stuff, but it's all very good. Guitar playing reminds me a lot of Milk Carton Kids, who I adore. If you like this, I recommend you check them out. 4 stars.
Lovely acoustic album with songwriting that ebbs and flows gracefully. A little on the country/stripped down side for my tastes but undeniably a great album. Fave track: I Dream a Highway
Very simple, just her and some guitar/banjo accompaniment. Really solid Appalachia sound.
Based on this album, Gillian Welch is the folk version of Aimee Mann because they have like the exact same voice. Regardless, I liked this album overall but a 14 minute final track was a tad excessive even if it was still good. Fav: dear someone
I found my calling while sitting on my roof and replacing 1688 screws: this album. I’m not sure if was the slight fear of heights, dehydration, or exposure, but it resonated with me
This is a VIBE. I love the guitar solos and acoustic sound. This is one I will definitely listen to again and again. My first lover had this down south sound to it.
3.5/5. This was pretty good. It's not exactly what I like to listen to, but I can appreciate it. I think the last song is too long, however.
Another of those albums I missed when it came out which is a shame as I love Gillian Welch's contributions to the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack. I'll admit Time (The Revelator) loses my interest towards the end but I have a feeling that this would fade with more listens and an increased familiarity of Welch's style of Folk Country. After this album I do want to listen to more of her work
Short and very sweet stripped back bluegrass roots folk. Gillian and Dave are magnetic on stage. This is a fine example of their work. Title track is the best.
Before the voice arrived, I knew I would like this album. I'm not sure what the non-verbal tell was; In the lyrics the attraction is clear. Religion, music, love, home, death: Holy things which we all have mysterious lonely access to. Either that or the music sounds like the country music of my folks from when I was young. As always, songs named after times, separated into parts and spread across a tracklist are welcome. As is deceptive simplicity. I haven't figured out precisely how deceptive this record is.
Country com bastante carga melódica.
A little sleepy, but great. Dreaming too much of that highway. Great guitar work.
first listen this sort of folk is the soul of the usa
Delicious harmonies, feel bad for David Rawlins that it isn't a shared credit - he feels as much a part of this album as GW. Cowgirls are just as important as cowboys and here's the proof.
Man... detta var swag... shoutout till henne!
I am liking the sparseness of the songs. Even with just a guitar, there is still variety in the songs. Ruination Part Day is so dark, whereas other songs are more cheerful. My confusion as to why this album is on the 1001 list. There are other country artists that could have easily made the list: Alison Krauss comes to mind immediately. I don't see what Gilian Welch's voice or style stands out from other country artists of this ilk. Still, I like this type of music every so often as a bit of a "palate cleanser" so to speak. I just don't find it a cut above the rest of this type.
I remember hearing a live, duet version on Youtube of "Everything is Free" and thinking it perfectly summed up the state of the music industry today, from a sad but funny personal perspective. I read "How Music Got Free" around the same time. They made good companions. The title track is epic and there's really no filler on the album. Just the two of them strumming away, unaccompanied, playing original material - some Appalachian, some bluegrass, some folk, some country mixing it up enough so that it stays fresh. Great lyrics throughout! I was leaning toward a 5 but my co-judge told me to calm down.
Love this. Very beautiful... calming.
I have Revival and Hell Among the Yearlings and really liked them, but I guess I stopped with this album because grad school penury. Folks think this is where it all comes together, but I miss the intensity of the earlier albums.
SO pleasant to listen to, it soothes me. I don't usually listen to music like this, but I felt like this album cast a spell on me that makes me want to return. Good American folk music makes me yearn for earlier American days. America used to have this whole mythos and majesty surrounding it. There was a unifying American spirit. Now, everything that once was sacred and beautiful has been destroyed in the name of progress. I'm not patriotic at all but the loss of such a sense of awe and majesty makes me mourn, in the same way Nietzsche mourned the "death of God". There's nothing inspiring to believe in anymore. All that's left to find meaning in is phony social justice and vapid consumer culture
Ok country album 3 Ok, it's really good 4
Revelations of red mud, blood, blues and Elvis. Strong stuff.
My default setting is rock, but it's 5 in the morning and I'm delightfully drunk. Sometimes you need to listen to something stripped back like this. Great album.
слушать заебанным по пути домой после утомительного и дурацкого дня и обязательно одному. альбом открывается не сразу, мне сначала не заходило: ну красиво, ну лампово-спокойно, я тут ващета пытаюсь наслушаться перед смертью. но эта музыка действительно очень сочетается с чувством одиночества и (извините, если пошлость) может сделать момент особенным.
This is rather a special album.
Another “revelation” for me. What a voice! The simplicity of the accompaniment invites careful attention to nuance and fosters a refreshing intimacy. This album calls for many rehearings!
First time listen but I knew from the first track that I was gonna dig the whole record. Will definitely listen again.
Thus is lovely. County/Americana can be a bit suspect but this is sparse, haunting and leaves a warm feeling. 2 people picking acoustic guitars and GWs velvet voice. It all holds together well as an album. Will play again. Strong 4.
Loved this. Buttery folky harmonies, finger picks n strums. What more do ya need?
i'm very glad to learn about this
Mysigt men har glömt det om 2 dagar.
eh waify country, not my style. I'm gonna give it a 3 because some of the guitarwork is good enough that giving it a 2 would feel like I'm dissing it, which I'm not. But I wouldn't willingly listen to this kind of thing.
Very nice lady!
I feel like I should have liked this album more than I did. Country music has never really done it for me, and that is evident in my reaction to this album. I love her voice, I think the musicianship is good throughout, and I really like the production of the album. Still, it leaves me a bit cold. A good album, but not my thing 3/5
Pretty good but country isn't my jam. Pretty chill and she has a great voice.
Kinda pretty but boring and draggy. Not my jam. 2.5 rounded up.
A nice mellow acoustic album. 0RS
Good ole country album! It was a joy to listen to, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it again.
Pretty, well sung but not my type of country though there's a lot of talent here
3.5 nice and slow, love the Elvis song
Sleepy and sad
Some good blues. I like her voice. Ends with 14 min song.
Musically solid. The vocals gave me some ear fatigue. It was fairly monotone and the doubling effect on the vocal tracks became excessive.
Lo excelente de este disco es que Gillian Welch nació en Los Angeles, e hizo un disco de country. Lo unico comparativo que se me ocurre es que Uki Deane quiera tocarse unos carnavalitos para celebrar las tradiciones norteñas. Esto nos deja como recordatorio que siempre que respetes las tradiciones y las formas, podes hacer un disco de lo que quieras aunque tus origenes no estén basados ahi. Feat aparte es que lo haya hecho con 33 años, ya criada y con valores formados. No se que tan cierto sea que ES mas dificil, pero uno no puede evitar pensar que debe serlo. Su voz, bien estereotipica del sur, lastimosa y toda rota, cuadra perfecto con la tematica del disco. Y si bien no conozco el ambiente donde lo grabó, me puedo llegar a imaginar algo alla Rick Rubin, en un trailercito bien intimo con 2 guitarras y el microfono bien cerca de la artista. Me gusta cuando se genera esa intimidad de Singer/Songwriter y oyente. Tiene unas pizcas de Damien Rice, y muchas de las canciones de este disco me hicieron acordar a las mas tristes de Natalia Lafourcade. No es ni por asomo mi disco favorito de musica Country (la cual me encanta) pero no es ni en pedo de los peores. Hay tropes ya super quemados en el country. Que la camioneta, que la cerveza fria, que el tractor, que los longhorns, el banjo y el honky tonky mood de la esposa. Está muy bien que alguien decida que el country tambien es amor, tristeza y miedo al paso del tiempo. Ahora me pegó el somit pero, de la galera, el ultimo que me ocurre que haya hecho un disco de country con "sabes que me parecen que estas tematicas están quemadisimas" fué Johnny fucking Cash. Alto endorsement ese, no? No tengo notas de las canciones porque no tenia el cuaderno a mano, pero dos cosas: 1. Es una picardia cuando el tema mas lindo es el primero del disco. 2. No podes terminar un disco con un tema de 16 minutos como si fueses una banda psicodelica a lo King Crimson en los 70. Cuando todo ya está destilado, me pregunto siempre lo mismo. Volveria a escuchar este disco? La verdad es que no, no concientemente. No lo sacaria si sale, pero no iria activamente a "che sabes que podriamos escuchar? Gillian Welch". Creo que en un genero que está bastante... Bastardeado, es un buen balance y Gillian deberia estar contentisima con las palabras que escribió un gordo zarpado en psicofarmacos sobre ella. Cobra en pesos. Random final thought: Le habrá puesto asi al disco en honor al mitico John The Revelator de Son House? ...Probablemente no. O si?
A folksy/country type of album. Not my bag, but she has a killer voice, and good lyrical content.
Was worried about the country vibe, but this was chill.
Thought it was an average, haven’t been too impressed with the folk genre on this list
Es un disco para ponerlo de fondo en una cafetería. No me gusta ni me desagrada. Si estas bajón te re tira para abajo. Es para dejarlo de fondo y trabajar sin interrupciones. No no lo escucharía en un viaje en auto porque me la pego dormida. .
Like a precursor to the cool True Detective song meets folk vibe. Some country and Ronstadt creeping in there too. Bluegrass too with the banjo hammerin'. Very decent
Tranquilo, pausado, relajado. Buena voz. Un tanto monótono.
Very nice, with some tremendous guitar playing.
3/5 had potential but nothing much
Some good songs but some too cliche mid west songs
Mooi rustig maar die laatste 14 minuten waren niet nodig
Al ver la portada del disco imaginé que no me iba a gustar nada, pues esperaba algo tipo Loretta Lynn (la que suena a Lurleen Lumpkin) o Joni Mitchell y sin embargo, me sorprendió que las primeras tres o cuatro canciones me gustaron mucho más de lo esperado. Aunque es un country/blues calmadito tiene en el lado positivo los muy buenos arreglos en las guitarras y las melodías que son muy melancólicas y con una voz muy bonita y limpia sin exagerar su Southern Drawl. Me gustaron en especial el Elvis Presley Blues y I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll, y se quedó solo contres estrellas porque la última rola, I Dream A Highway es exageradamente larga y creo que pierde sentido.
Pretty guitar, pretty voice, pretty boring.
A lovely bluegrass album, but not particularly gripping
Country clàssic fet al nou mil.leni, obscur i intimista. Treball sobretot de guitarra i armonies vocals, banda sonora molt bona de certs moments i contextos
Nice and relaxing. A winner
Big bold ballsy bayou banjo blues n bluegrass. Bit boring.
uma vibe meio texana, western suave, musica de bar uhashu
Slow, stripped down country songs. Pretty
Time (att göra ett bra album) 😂😂
Pleasant. Nice. Nothing bad. Nothing great. That's the definition of a 3 for me.
I liked it, particularly the opener Revelator. But it didn't quite pull on the heart strings or activate the brain in the same way as other stripped down albums (like the Boss' Nebraska or Willie Nelson's Stardust). Writing good music is hard and blending vocals and instruments to generate a captivating sound is no small feat. The greats somehow figure out that fit. This is good but not great. There's some nice guitar or banjo work at times, but Welch's voice doesn't pour out of it or quite harmonize with it. Rawlings' harmony attempts added very little. At times, it's like the vocals don't belong with the music or the music doesn't belong with the vocals. Dear Someone was an exception (vocals and music felt made for each other) as was I Dream a Highway. Again, I enjoyed the album but it didn't have that seamless connection to be any more than just good.
There is enough here to warrant further listening. It is certainly an album for a mood.
Never been my favourite genre but this is sparse and crisp and clean and is really easy on the ear. It's certainly worth listening to. Strangely enough this is the same reason some hate it- it's not upbeat enough. You can't please all the people.........
Consistent, she's got a great voice - but it's country. Can country music EVER get 5 stars?
On est excédés Robert, il va falloir agir et vite.
I had never heard of this album. My wife loves this album. I think I must have been under a rock for the early 2000s, music-wise.
A really nice album of Americana folk songs. 3.5 🌟
Needs a lonesome fiddle or somber piano on the slower tracks.
Melancholische folkmuziek. Leuk luisteralbum
I love Gillian Welch and can listen to David Rawlings' beautiful guitar playing all day. This album isn't as good as some of their others, though. Most of the songs are slow and all kind of end up blending together for me. By the end I was bored.
That opening song is just beautiful. It made really excited for the rest of the album. While there were moments that maintained this level of beauty I found there were others bordering on folk cliche. Some of it just felt really awkward which is too bad because the highlights on this album are quite superb. I wish I could give it a 3.5.
A pleasant, although sleepy listen. 5/10
First heard Gillian playing on the Inside Llweyn Davis soundtrack, instantly drawn to her voice and style. This was a really nice listen, I didn't skip a single track and even went back to listen to a few a second time. Fav track: I Want to Sing Rock and Roll.
Really enjoyable. Very nearly a 4*
I enjoyed this off and on. But overall I found it kind of sleepy. I'll go 2.5 round up to 3 for now.
Favourite track(s): Revelator; My First Lover; Elvis Presley Blues Missing the usual percussion, the genre to me just lacks variety. The album is actually okay in this regard, but some tracks are just not unique enough, thus blending together. Her vocals are comfortable but I just cannot identify with that Red Clay / Banjo mentality.
This ain't for me
Obrodzilo w kountrowe rytmy, tym razem troche mniej alternatywnie, a bardziej klasycznie, chociaz jak to klasycznie z damskim wokalem w takim graniu wiejskim, poprzedni album na liscie takze mial kategorie country alternatywnego, a te dwie pozycje roznia sie jak dzien i noc, gdy tamten poszedl w bogate instrumentale ktore tworzyly kompozycje brzmiace dosc unikalnie na wiekszosci trakow, tak tutaj zostala obrana strategia calkowitego minimalizmu, jedynie 2 gitarki i banjo, dziwne jest ze druga osoba nie jest wspomniana, bo wyglada to tak jakby bylo to grane przez duo, ktore razem napisalo kawalki zagralo, wokalnie sie wspieralo, a tylko pani zostala wymieniona jako wykonawca, do przesluchu mialem dwa podejscia, pierwsze zakonczylo sie nieprzewidziana drzemka po trzecim traku, ale za drugim razem udalo sie skonczyc calosc, 50 minut rozlozone na 10 trakach, z czym ostatni to az 14 minut grania, pewnie jestem ignorantem akustyka, ale jakos nie trafil do mnie ten krazek, tak jakbym gdzies juz to slyszal, bo skupiasz sie tylko na jednym instrumencie, albo dwoch, bo dwie gitary lub bondzos, co do liryki to podzielilbym album na dwie czesci typowo okolo lovowe songi i songi ktore ciezko zrozumiec bez kontekstu, dla przykladu dam trak ktory najbadizej mi podszedl z calej plyty, czyli elvis presley blues, jak tytul wskazuje bedzie o presleju i przemysleniach jakie pani welch miala na jego temat, o tym jak sie zestarzal i od krola muzyki i ze sczytu do nicosci zapomnienia, a czego tu nie rozumiec, bo melodia tego kawalka zostala skomponowana w oparciu o tradycyjny hamerykanski song o innym bohaterze czyli johnie henrym, jakis ultra czarny gornik, co wysadzal jak przystalo na hamerykanie legendy, wiec zeby zrozumiec kawalek trzeba guglowac lub miec big kkona braina, ta niezrozumiala czesc plyty wydaje mi sie smutniejsza niz nawet smutne milosci pierwszej czesci, atmosfere smutku buduje takze sam wokal, ktory okreslilbym jako niasacy przygnebienie, chodzi mi o zenska czesc, bo meska topi sie w niej i nie jest az tak akcentowana, na plejaka wrzucam traka elvisowego
Not to my taste at all. **
Meio folksy meio country, som gostoso mas nao muito o meu estilo
-The blues-y (?) guitar on "My First Lover" was interesting -overall just a woman singing and playing acoustic guitar
A handful of great songs but the country vibes are too much for me
Me gustó mucho el primer tema y sentí que era una especie de "palate cleanser". Entre tanto rock y pop que consumía, esto me venía genial para un cambio. Lamentablemente al tercer tema ya todo me pareció lo mismo. Quizás este género de música no es lo mío. Aunque, lo les voy a mentir, me imaginé poniendo algunos temas de este álbum en el sur mientras prendía el hogar a la noche <3 2.5 / 5 betzes con un Guido Kazcka de bonus: está mal pero no tan mal.
It was alright. Probably won't listen to it again.
Helt lyssningsbart! Några låtar väldigt fina, jag märker att jag snabbt tappar intresset när det blir mycket country-vibbar. Men det fanns låtar på detta album som gick ifrån det lite grann, vilket gjorde det gott. Bäst: "Everything Is Free" och gitarrsolot på "I want to sing that rock and roll"
58. Faz tanto sol. Sou sombra difusa. Derreto. A palha voa pelo ar com as fagulhas. Era tão bonito. É uma pena. MotA: Everything Is Free "Darling, remember / When you come to me"
Not really into it. Very same-sounding throughout.
It sounded very similar to June Carter and family - but not similar enough
Simple, nice songs. 2nd listen.
Wouldn’t listen on my own again, too slow. I like her voice and the guitars though.
Música linda. Tiene una voz agradable y la guitarra cumple, nada impresionante. 2.5 estrellas que bajan a 2 porque honestamente no tengo ganas de volver a escucharlo y probablemente mañana no lo recuerde. Songs: Revelator
This started strong, and I thought it might be alternative enough to be likable, but it retreated back more and more into the country as it went on. Not for me.
chill country. don't like that second half 2.5
Too country-adjacent for me to enjoy. It's not absolute hate, but it isn't good for me.
Que weba de guitarrita.
Mediocre. What more can I say. I noticed another reviewer stated that the only reason this didn't get a 1 was because of "I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll". I completely agree. Its the only standout on an otherwise not very inspiring album. However, after that 14 minute "I Dream A Highway", I did almost reverse myself and give it a 1.
Okay I guess? Didn't give me a headache like most country does
Just the same folk country as usual
Het meisje heeft potentie, maar ik zou zeggen "vooral blijven oefenen". De zang klinkt niet altijd heel helder en de gitaartjes klinken ook wel eens wat vals. Daarnaast ben ik ook gewoon niet zo'n liefhebber van dit soort zwijmelige muziek. De zangstem gaat me nu (halverwege het album) ook steeds meer irriteren. **
Just not my scene
Started listening to this, fell asleep and woke up irritated
So slow you forget what she's singing about by the time she gets to the end of each line. Zero energy in a lot of the tracks and just... depressing.
BORING AS HELL
I fell asleep
Just kind of meh, it's a country crooner album. She's a singer-songwriter with a guitar. She's got some good lyrics and a good voice, so while it's well done it's very low-energy kind of depressing so not my jam.
Sparsely instrumented Country. I'm not a big country fan, but don't mind listening to the genre from time to time. This album, however, doesn't vibe with me. Revelator and April the 14th, Pt. 1 are O.K.ish, though. But generally I find the songs and singer's voice a bit irritating. 2/5.
I feel like I wanted to like this but ultimately switched to my own music before it was over. Not bad at all, I guess just not for me.
I tried giving this two listens to see if it would connect with me but It really didn't. She's obviously a talented songwriter and a few of the tracks appealed to me but overall it's not my thing.
Lots of wailing
Country really isn't my thing, though this album was considerably less grating than a lot of country is. I enjoyed the melancholic atmosphere more than any of the songs, and I think this helped me make it through the whole thing.
Yeah, this is not a preferred flavour of guff. It's tolerable, which is more than can be said for other examples of this sort of guff, but there are too many occasions where she sounds like she's singing with her eyes shut.
Trying to understand what is novel in this album.
Great voice. But country folk.
Not really my sort of thing at all, but no bad as far as this genre goes.
Slow, sad country music solely comprising Welch's voice and acoustic guitar. Although a bit too snail paced for my tastes, it could have been a personal and delicately beautiful album. However, the excruciatingly lame "Elvis Presley Blues" and country trope laden "I Want to Sing That Rock and Roll" totally ruin it. Rating: 2.5/5 Playlist track: Revelator Date listened: 10/08/22
Very middle of the road, very forgettable
indie country singer open mic night, ft. repeated lyrics
Not really a country fan
Pas mal le pire album jusqu'à présent. Musicalement, c'est bien, mais toutes les chansons se ressemblent et sont au final un peu trop simples. M'a donné l'impression d'Aimee Man, mais plus on progresse plus ça va vers le country. Pas vraiment de chansons mémorables non plus.
Kuulen Welchin sävellystyössä paljon hyvää. Pidän myös hänen äänestään, joka synnyttää mielikuvan hallitusta epätäydellisyydestä. Kappaleiden parhaita puolia ei ole kuitenkaan kanavoitu tai järjestelty riittävän iskevällä tavalla, eikä se, että tiedän tämän johtuvan Welchin tietoisesti omaksumasta, verkkaisesta folk-muodosta, saa minua nauttimaan hänen biiseistään yhtään enempää. Loppupäätelmä: tykkään joistain levyn melodioista, mutten näkisi kuuntelevani itse levyä.
ei ole minun genre tällainen folk, vaikka kuulosti hyvältä sellaiselta. kauniita kappaleita, vähän pitkiä. vika kappale jäi pituutensa takia parhaiten mieleen, avausraita iskevin.
I tried to like it as it's a genre of music that I find myself listening to more often these days. It never pulled me in.
Strong start, repetitive finish.
Ehh not for me but not as bad as UB40 2/5
first song was good but just not for me
Bloody awful, how has this got anywhere near top 10000 let alone 1000
Country de cantautora. Lentísimo.
Probably a bit harsh but it grated on me whilst I was trying to concentrate.
I'm not sure I can handle this, why is the guitar not in tune?
Disco agradable folk, primera impresión nada sorprendente, pero buen disco acústico folk
singer-songwriter moonshine banjo style. not my style
muy bonito y todo pero ño
Some folky shit.
I don't like this album at all. Country music is not my genre and while I can appreciate the vocal quality of Gillian something about her voice or tone of voice just doesn't click for me making this a double negative.
Utter garbage. Track 1 set the tone and it didn't change.
C'est une première sur le générateur, j'ai aujourd'hui décidé de m'adresser directement aux citoyens américains. Mes chers habitants des Etats-Unis je vous propose une expérience : 1. Déposez le gobelet de Sprite que vous tenez dans la main et saisissez-vous d'un appareil permettant de diffuser de la musique (portable, balladeur mp3, radio, etc...). 2. Sortez maintenant des frontières etats-uniennes. 3. Faites écouter de la country à n'importe quelle personne sur votre chemin. 4. Répétez l'opération à plusieurs reprises. Étonnant, non ? Avez-vous remarqué ? Si vous avez suivi les instructions à la lettre, vous aurez probablement constaté que la country est un style qui ne parle absolument à personne ailleurs que chez vous. Laissez-nous en paix, par pitié.
+2 stars for curing my insomnia, -1 cause I woke up flaccid and depressed.
Not my jam
Sounds like a million other artists.
No lo conocía. 1 o 2 temas lindos. La mayoría de los temas son muy country, nivel me hacen sentir en la Big Thunder Mountain Railroad (ej: "Red Clay Halo", "I want to sing that rock and roll"). No los disfruto ni por la asociación con Disney. Otros, como "Dear Someone" y "I dream a highway", me encontré disfrutándolos mucho. All in all, not my cup of tea. Es un disco fácil de escuchar, pero más fácil de olvidar.