Bonny Light Horseman – s/t (album review)

by Woody on January 30, 2020

CREDIT: Nolan Knight

I still remember the first time I heard Charlie Darwin by The Low Anthem. It was spine-tingling and to date remains one of my favorite tracks of all time. The title track, the story of a English solider, gave me that exact feeling. This folk-trio combo/”supergroup” of Anais Mitchell, Josh Kaufman and Eric D. Johnson had struck a nerve with me

Funny thing is I wouldn’t say I was a massive fan of any of them on their own. I like their music fine and respect their skill but the news of this coming together was met with mild excitement. But let me tell you, this is one of the best folk albums that I’ve heard in quite some time. After Mitchell takes the lead on the opening title track, Johnson takes the lead on the second, Deep In Love and delivers one of the finest performances of his career.

At this point, you’d think the album has nowhere to go but down. But it doesn’t. From one track to the next, my mouth was left agape. Comprised of their interpretations of folk classics, it just goes from amazing track to another. Jane Jane, with the call and response between Johnson and Mitchell makes you want to stop strangers on the street and hand them your headphones. I told my buddy that it is the tune that Jack and Meg would have made if they did a folk album. Towards the end, Justin Vernon pops up on Bright Morning Stars in a track that will sooth your weary body, mind and soul. It is an elixir for these trying times.

In a nutshell, this is a stunning album that you should spend as much time as possible with. If they happen into your town, run don’t walk to see them live.

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Toutant Duke February 3, 2020 at 9:14 pm

Couldn’t agree more about the title track. It and this album have been on repeat since it came out.

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