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FAME Review: Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown
Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown


Anaïs Mitchell

Righteous Babe Records

Available from Rightous Babe Records

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

I admit that Mitchell's voice may be an acquired taste I've yet to acquire, but that doesn't make her compelling folk re-imagining of a post-apocalyptic Orpheus wandering through Poverty, USA to rescue his beloved Eurydice any less a captivating multiple listening.

Mitchell (Eurydice) bends the blues (Flowers); combines samba with a bayou march (one of the three highlight tracks When The Chips Are Down); gospel folk (another stand-out, Greg Brown's rumbling Hades Why Do We Build The Wall) with healthy doses of drama, jazz and orchestral musings at will. A star cameo by Ani DiFranco as Persiphone (Our Lady of The Underground) adds more funky free form fire to Hadestown, as Justin Vernon, Bon Iver's chief driver, inhabits a Waits-ian Orpheus in Wedding Song and Way Down Hadestown.

When 98% of what passes as music today lacks even the remotest twinge of an idea, thought, emotion or worse—heart—Hadestown and Anaïs Mitchell deserve all the listeners and accolades we can give. Pass it on.

Track List:

  • Wedding Song
  • Epic (Part 1)
  • Way Down Hadestown
  • Songbird Intro
  • Hey, Little Songbird
  • Gone, I'm Gone
  • When The Chips Are Down
  • Wait For Me
  • Why We Build A Wall
  • Our Lady of The Underground
  • Flowers (Eurydice's Song)
  • Nothing Changes
  • If It's True
  • Papers (Hades Finds Out)
  • How Long?
  • Epic (Part 2)
  • Lover's Desire
  • His Kiss The Riot
  • Doubt Comes In
  • I Raise My Cup To Him
Produced by Todd Sickafoose

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2010, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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