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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Crooked Still isn't reinventing anything on its debut album, which is full of traditional country songs like "Darling Corey," "Shady Grove," and "Flora" aka "The Lily of the West", and some familiar copyrighted ones, such as Robert Johnson's "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" and Albert E. Brumley's "Rank Stranger." To the extent there is anything unusual about the quartet's approach, it lies in the instrumentation, which consists of banjo, cello, and double bass, backing Aoife O'Donovan's singing. That's not the most typical lineup for a string band, and it allows space for the three instrumentalists to solo extensively. Still, the group is more about execution than ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Crooked Still isn't reinventing anything on its debut album, which is full of traditional country songs like "Darling Corey," "Shady Grove," and "Flora" aka "The Lily of the West", and some familiar copyrighted ones, such as Robert Johnson's "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" and Albert E. Brumley's "Rank Stranger." To the extent there is anything unusual about the quartet's approach, it lies in the instrumentation, which consists of banjo, cello, and double bass, backing Aoife O'Donovan's singing. That's not the most typical lineup for a string band, and it allows space for the three instrumentalists to solo extensively. Still, the group is more about execution than innovation. The players, augmented on a couple of tracks each by fiddle and percussion, mesh well into a band sound, and O'Donovan has a breathy voice reminiscent of Shawn Colvin and Alison Krauss. Together, they give the material a spirited reading that affirms its time-tested quality. So, the members of Crooked Still succeed in being both traditionalists and stylists on their debut album, a significant accomplishment for a young outfit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Signature Sounds
  • UPC: 701237200422
  • Catalog Number: 2004
  • Sales rank: 133,406

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Darling Corey (3:42)
  2. 2 Angeline the Baker (4:13)
  3. 3 Last Fair Deal Gone Down (4:29)
  4. 4 Orphan Girl (2:40)
  5. 5 Lonesome Road (3:18)
  6. 6 Old Virginia (4:04)
  7. 7 Flora (4:05)
  8. 8 Look on and Cry (3:40)
  9. 9 Lulu Gal (2:41)
  10. 10 Rank Stranger (4:30)
  11. 11 Shady Grove (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Crooked Still Primary Artist
Eric Kilburn Choir, Chorus
Jake Armerding Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Guest Appearance
Ruthy Ungar Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Guest Appearance
Rushad Eggleston Guitar, Cello, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Aoife O'Donovan Guitar, Vocals, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Brittany Haas Fiddle, Guest Appearance
Corey DiMario Choir, Chorus, Double Bass, Group Member
Richie Barshay Percussion, Guest Appearance
Hanneke Cassel Choir, Chorus
Gregory Liszt Banjo
Technical Credits
Eric Kilburn Engineer
Gillian Welch Composer
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Traditional Composer
Crooked Still Audio Production
Hanneke Cassel Producer, Audio Production
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