- Released: June 9, 2009
- Label: Nonesuch
Rolling Stone - p.783 stars out of 5
-- "[Songs] like the 'Cage the Songbird' are comfort-food folk, and uptempo tracks like the raucous, Pogues-y singalong 'The Horizon Is a Beltway' are even better."
Q (Magazine) - p.1254 stars out of 5
-- "The Low Anthem employ affecting harmonies, earthy blues, folk instrumentation and high levels of imaginative sympathy..."
Paste (magazine) (p.55) - "The Low Anthem is at its best composing songs fit for a hipster orchestra, with Knox's delicate vocals backed by an assortment of quirky instrumentation....These 12 songs are exquisite."
Uncut (magazine)4 stars out of 5
-- "The Low Anthem appropriately draw on the vast tradition of apocalyptic folk for 'The Horizon Is A Beltway'..."
- 1.Charlie Darwin - (featuring Graham Smith)
- 2.To Ohio
- 3.Ticket Taker
- 4.The Horizon Is a Beltway
- 5.Home I'll Never Be
- 6.Cage the Songbird
- 7.(Don't) Tremble
- 8.Music Box
- 9.Champion Angel
- 10.To the Ghosts Who Write History Books
- 12.To Ohio (Reprise)
The Low Anthem: Jeffrey Prystowsky, Ben Knox Miller, Jocie Adams.
Personnel: Anna Williams (fiddle).
Audio Mixer: Brian Taylor.
Audio Remasterer: Bob Ludwig.
Recording information: Adorea Studio, Hamden, CT; Block Island, RI; Harlem, NY; Oestern Studio, Williamsburg, NY.
On their 2009 release, OH MY GOD, CHARLIE DARWIN, Providence's the Low Anthem play delicate, meticulously constructed roots songs built on a comfortably worn folk template and featuring haunting vocal harmonies. The album's basic folk-rock structure is a familiar one, but sepia-toned songs such as "Ohio" and "Don't Tremble" still emanate a bittersweet truth. OMGCD is by and large a tranquil affair, but there are a few rave-ups (the firey, clanging "The Horizon is a Beltway" for one) thrown in for good measure. In the end, the Low Anthem's brand of Americana, not unlike that of M. Ward, offers nostalgic sentimentality held in check by a brilliant sense of craftsmanship. It's a delicate yet highly rewarding balance.