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Animals in the Dark [Digipak]

  • 1. Mutiny
    2. Who Stole the Soul
    3. Johnny Law
    4. Old Devils
    5. Hell or High Water
    6. There's Hope for You
    7. Hard Times
    8. Lifetime Underground
    9. Let the Rain Come in
    10. Good Day to Die, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 86974

  • Credits
    ProducerLuke Tweedy; William Elliott Whitmore; Luke Tweedy; William Elliott Whitmore
    EngineerLuke Tweedy; Luke Tweedy

    Personnel: Joel Anderson, Joel Christopher Anderson (E-bow); Will Roselie (cello); Hagan Myers (accordion); Daniel Zollo, David Zollo (organ); Adam Luksetich, Pete Biasi (bass instrument); Kevin Eyers, Johnathan Crawford (drums); Katherine Ruestow (background vocals).
    Recording information: Flat Black Studio, IA.
    Midwestern singer/songwriter William Elliot Whitmore's sound draws on folk, blues, and soul, and on his fourth album, ANIMALS IN THE DARK, he retains the raw, from-the-gut sound of his previous records, despite moving to a bigger label. Whitmore's big, rough voice bears echoes of everyone from Son House to Ted Hawkins, and he consistently sounds decades older than he is, but the spare, acoustic-based arrangements give that outsized voice plenty of room to move. The lyrics plumb the depths of Americana mythology for their imagery, but for all his old-world influences, Whitmore is undeniably a man of his era, and he processes that mythology through a personal filter informed by an intimate-but-contemporary context.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.83) - "[T]hough these stark folk/blues tunes could be a century old, his tales of desperation, death and despair crackle with agitprop punk urgency."
    Alternative Press (p.104) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[R]epeat listens yield rich and profound rewards."
    Down Beat (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ugged, tuneful songs on hope, human closeness, government rot and cutting the mortal cord. Clearly feeling the lyrics, he transmits meaning with intensity."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[O]n ANIMALS IN THE DARK Whitmore and his guitar and banjo look beyond the front porch to tackle both the bigger issues of government and tangling with authority."
    Clash (magazine) (p.102) - "[With] full band arrangements and a much expanded palette of textures adn sounds....Whitmore instills the subject matter with a tireless classicism."
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