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All Is Well [Sam Amidon]

  • 1. Sugar Baby
    2. Little Johnny Brown
    3. Saro
    4. Wild Bill Jones
    5. Wedding Dress
    6. Fall on My Knees
    7. Little Satchel
    8. O Death
    9. Prodigal Son
    10. All Is Well
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4

  • Credits
    ProducerValgeir Sigurdsson
    EngineerSamamidon; Dan Bora; Valgeir Sigurdsson; Sturla Mio _risson

    Personnel: Sam Amidon (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, fiddle); Morse (vocals, glockenspiel); Una Sveinbjarnardttir (violin); Jonina Hilmarsdttir, Eyvind Kang (viola); Hrafnkell Orri Egilsson (cello); Berglin Mara Tmasdttir (flute, bass flute); Rnar Oskarsson (clarinet); Snorri Heimisson (bassoon); Helgi Hrafn Jnsson (trombone); Stefdn Jn Bernhardsson (horns); Nico Muhly (piano); Valgeir Sigurdsson (harmonium, percussion, electronics); Aaron Siegel (glockenspiel); Stefan Amidon (drums); Ben Frost (programming).
    Audio Mixer: Valgeir Sigurdsson.
    Recording information: Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavik, Iceland; Harlem; Looking Glass Studios, New York, NY.
    Photographer: Valgeir Sigurdsson.
    Arrangers: Sam Amidon; Nico Muhly.
    Like Red House Painters or Nick Drake, Samamidon (his alias is a mashing together of his birth name) languorously glides to his notes, in no hurry to make his point. His first full-length, 2008's ALL IS WELL, mixes together elements of static-y delta blues, lushly produced modern folk pop, and lo-fi indie rock for a lovely and surreal experience. The music can be vigorous, as on the pirouetting, tribal-infused "Little Johnny Brown," or elegiac, as on the sleepy "Prodigal Son." And Samamidon's lilting, almost slurred voice makes the whole affair all the more mesmerizing.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.58) - "In an era of overheated Nick Drake comparisons, Amidon is eerily close to the real thing, singing in a fragile but certain tenor against the deep breath and soft sweep of Nico Muhly's orchestrations."
    Uncut (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Amidon is not a straightforward revivalist. He keeps the sadness, but throws a mist of gentle orchestration over the songs."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.112) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Dressing his love-worn and cracking tenor in a sacred whisper of banjo, fiddle and post-Glass pulses, tracks such as 'Wild Bill Jones,' 'Little Johnny Brown,' and 'O Death' are transformed anew for this new age of dire consequence."
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