SHORT TAKE: Gillian Welch

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Gillian Welch, Hell Among The Yearlings (Almo Sounds): Gillian Welch uses the vocabulary of mountain music as the basis for her modern-day muse. She picks up on the dark subject matter that came so easily to the old-timers; there’s violence, suffering and retribution. Musically, she favours the modes used by Appalachian pickers and banjo-frailers such as Doc Boggs and Clarence Ashley.

It could all sound terribly arch, if this Hollywood hillbilly wasn’t such a delicate singer and storyteller. Her second album builds on the strengths of her first, with T Bone Burnett still in the production seat and David Rawlings adding instrumental colour and high, lonesome harmonies.

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