The Low Anthem
Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

Release Date: June 09, 2009
Produced by: Jesse Lauter & The Low Anthem
Format: CD



Matt Rowe


The Low Anthem can be easily thought of as multi-edged folk Rock.  Using templates from Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, and Simon & Garfunkel, this band from the Northeast draws from rich influences to present their harmonica-fueled compositions.  “To Ohio” has a distinct Simon & Garfunkel feel, and a legitimate one at that.  And you WILL thrill to the eerie reflection of Leonard Cohen in their great tune, “Ticket Taker.”  The Irish folk comes out in their Pogues-like “The Horizon is a Beltway,” and the even rowdier “Home I'll Never Be.”  You can guess the rest, yep, it's pretty excellent.  And you'll not be disappointed.  It's always great to find sturdy, genuine talent with strong work to support.

The richness of this third album by The Low Anthem is extraordinary, with a definite 'born out of time' feel that might have rewarded them if only they had arrived some three decades earlier.  But that shouldn't hinder your appreciation of the 11 tracks (12 if you count the reprise of “To Ohio”).  Resistant to filling the album with an extra 4-5 tracks, The Low anthem has made it easier to become better acquainted with the songs presented.   The Low Anthem, with their new Nonesuch release, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin, has hit one so far out the park, the ball might never be found.

If the above mentioned influences are your cup of tea, then you can pick up Oh My God, Charlie Brown with confidence.  It is one of the year's best.









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