Thursday, February 28, 2008

Samamidon - All Is Well (****)

Sam Amidon's newest solo release is yet another record of spare acoustic readings of public domain standards. Besides featuring his best vocal performance to date, All Is Well also finds Amidon augmenting his core setup with beautiful touches of violin, mandolin and harmonium, each adding subtle emotional weight to these 10 devastating tracks.

Highlights: "Sugar Baby", "Saro", "Wedding Dress", "O Death", "All Is Well"

RIYL: Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Bowerbirds, early Devendra Banhart, Bob Drake

Video - "Saro" (version 1)

Video - "Saro" (version 2)

Video - "Sugar Baby" (live in a bedroom?)

Video - "Wedding Dress" (live at Iceland Airwaves 2007)

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