A return to form of sorts, Soul Journey sees Gillian Welch and long-time collaborator David Rawlings coming back to modern instruments after the stripped-down Time (The Revelator). “Modern” and Welch, however, only means that someone brought the magic of a drum kit and an electric guitar back to her attention. She uses both to stunning effect on the closer, “Wrecking Ball,” while the opener “Look at Miss Ohio” only needs a steady drum beat, an acoustic, and a sturdy bass guitar to convey the freedom of driving with the “rag-top down.” Rest assured, purists. There's still plenty to chew on: “Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor” and “I Had a Real Good Mother and Father” are bluegrass traditionals rendered solely by voice and guitar.
By Peter Blackstock on 04.22.11 in Reviews
In retrospect, this record's darker themes seem to echo with the gravity of 9/11, though in fact it was released a few weeks before that fateful day. Coincidental prescience aside, Time (The Revelator) stands as Gill...
By Amelia Raitt on 10.20.08 in Reviews
Swim, the first album on golden-voiced Gillian Welch's label Acony, has an effortless charm. Full of breezy folk-rock, the album dips and sways with high harmonies and unfussy arrangements. Swim's highlights tend...
By Peter Blackstock on 09.26.06 in Reviews
It may seem a stretch to classify a duo as a string band, but Gillian Welch & David Rawlings clearly warrant an exception. Though their instrumentation never really goes beyond just two guitars, Rawlings 'remarka...
By Robert Ham on 02.25.15 in Features
From Shania Twain to Patrick Wolf, these musicians couldn't leave well enough alone and rerecorded their work.