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 Gillian Welch's crowning achievement to date, loaded with emotionally resonant lyricism lit afire by the brilliant musicianship of her partner David Rawlings. Previous albums proved Welch's mastery of traditional form and feel; on Revelator, she and Rawlings struck a more personal chord of artistic expression. The result, from the spellbinding title-track opener to the epic 14-minute closer "I Dream a Highway," firmly established the duo as one of the major talents of their generation.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.
By Wondering Sound Staff on 11.01.11 in Lists
Bad label deals, internal fighting, creative blockage and just plain procrastination — there are myriad reasons why albums stall on the road from concept to execution. In honor of the release of the ultimate "lost...
By Vijith Assar on 10.24.11 in Lists
Beyond death and taxes, a further list of life's constants would have to include music, storytelling and, unfortunately, violence; perhaps we find murder ballads so thrilling because they cleverly mash them all together....
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...