Mandolin Orange – This Side Of Jordan [album review]

by Woody on August 16, 2013

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I’ve been searching for another Everybodyfields for quite some time now. And while, Mandolin Orange trend more towards Appalachian folk as opposed to straight up twang, it hits right between the eyes like The Everybodyfields always did. Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin’s voices feel so right together, like they were meant to never be apart.

This Side of Jordan is their third album and first with Yep Roc. I had the first couple and enjoyed them both, but neither resonated with him like this one. The lead single, Cavalry is a goose-bump inducing track. Inspired by the Lord of The Rings trilogy; it is told from the perspective of the soldier’s loyal sidekick – their horse. I don’t know if it is because I love these books and movies, but this song gets me every last time. When, Frantz joins in with Marlin for the chorus, it is heartbreaking stuff.

Marlin and Frantz effortlessly take the lead from each other on tracks. The other always lending each other the perfect harmony without stepping on the other’s toes. The Doorman has Frantz taking the lead and it is another doozy of a track.

It’s always nice to see a band come out of nowhere to kill it on their first album. Its more enjoyable for me to watch a band grow and put out a killer album 3 or 4 albums into their career. Mandolin Orange have done that and you would be remiss in not adding This Side Of Jordan to your collection.

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