The Milk Carton Kids’ Prologue. How did I overlook them this year? [Free Album]

by oz on December 1, 2011

There were big chunks of the year where I had my head up my ass. Blessed with a toddler and infant at home and busy managing a large workforce for the day job, early 2011 piled on some busy days and sleepless nights. Here at the end of 2011 (just a couple months ago), I relocated from Atlanta to Kansas City. This just two years after moving from the Bay area to Atlanta which was 4 years after moving from Chicago to the Bay area. Whew. If you noticed some dry spells on HearYa with limited activity, I’m to blame.

Somehow I manage to keep my head above water with music, but it’s not hard for albums to slip by me. Now that Woody and I are starting our annual mud wrestling matches over our Best Albums of the Year list, I’m starting to discover a few of the gems that haven’t found a firm place in my music library. The Milk Carton Kids are my biggest regret of the year.

I should first say that I love acoustic folk music filled with melancholy. There’s just something about sad songs that elicit an opposite emotional reaction in me. Maybe I’m a musical sadist. Milk Carton Kids have a desolate folk sound that matches the gray, wintry cityscape of their album art. “Michigan” opens the album, a ballad that could have penned by Ryan Adams. You’ll get a glimpse of the fragile, beautiful harmonies of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan which get stronger throughout the album. By the time “No Hammer To Hold” arrives at the midway point, the duo play more equal roles and it’s impossible not to draw comparisons to The Jayhawks.

I picked up this album on eMusic before discovering that it’s available as a free download via their website. Do yourself a favor and download it as you start stoking your fires to combat the chill of winter.

The Milk Carton Kids – Michigan

The Milk Carton Kids – Milk Carton Kid

The Milk Carton Kids – No Hammer To Hold

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Andy (@DecodingStatic) December 1, 2011 at 5:41 pm

2 minutes in and loving it. The cover art is amazing and they are giving it away free, wow!

Garet Camella December 2, 2011 at 8:16 am

Rock on Milk Carton Kids! Love the name too, BTW. How can I get an album featured on here?

MyMusic December 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Thanks for all the great recommendations! This album is gorgeous…WOW! I need to turn the heat up b/c it’s giving me the chills.

Bryce January 26, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I love the milk carton kids!The whole album is awesome. Have you seen this version of “Michigan” on piano? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4PDZaDvfwc its great.

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