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Hell Among the Yearlings [Gillian Welch]

  • 1. Caleb Meyer
    2. Good Til Now
    3. Devil Had a Hold of Me, The
    4. My Morphine
    5. One Morning
    6. Miner's Refrain
    7. Honey Now
    8. I'm Not Afraid to Die
    9. Rock of Ages
    10. Whiskey Girl
    11. Winter's Come and Gone
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDACNY0102

  • Credits
    ProducerT-Bone Burnett

    Personnel: Gillian Welch (vocals, acoustic guitar, bass, kick drum); David Rawlings (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, snare drum); T-Bone Burnett (piano, Hammond B-3 organ).
    Engineers include: David Rawlings, Roger Moutenot, Gary Paczosa.
    Recorded at Sound City, Van Nuys, California; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, California; Sound Emporium, MCA Music Studio and Nevada, Nashville, Tennessee.
    Gillian Welch lends her wise-beyond-her-years sensibility to a further exploration of the traditional music of early 20th century Appalachia, returning to the territory of 1996's REVIVAL. With the exception of the up-tempo, rockabilly-influenced "Honey Now," the songs on HELL AMONG THE YEARLINGS sound so old-timey as to seem almost archival. T-Bone Burnett returns as producer, again making restraint and austerity work well with Welch's starkly beautiful songs, like the melancholic "My Morphine" and the desolate tragedy "One Morning," narrated with quiet poignancy by a dying man's mother. Welch's voice itself, harmonizing with acoustic guitars and banjo, has a gentle, twangy simplicity which speaks of another age.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/3/98, pp.102-104) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...Welch sings with a world-weary resignation....(the) bare-bones instrumentation...settles softly on each track's surface, enabling her detached, narcotic voice to hover over the melodies. File next to Bruce Springsteen's NEBRASKA."
    Entertainment Weekly (7/24/98, pp.72-73) - "...The anachro-misery might seem all too precious if Welch weren't just a brilliant mimic but nearly psychic; you'd swear she was channeling the unwritten greatest hits of the Stanley Brothers....each improbably catchy elegy has a saving specificity of character and emotion attached to the tribulation..." - Rating: A-
    Q (1/02, p.123) - 4 out of 5 stars - "A os Angeleno Pixies fan who sounds like some God-fearing 1920s Appalachian farmer's wife...graveyard voice...[and] skeletally-picked guitar..."
    Uncut (9/03, p.92) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...This is Welch in full, dark flower....A beautiful, literate record earthed somewhere between the dustbowl and the woodpile..."
    Uncut (11/01, p.124) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Brilliant..."
    Dirty Linen (6-7/99, p.77) - "...the songs are natural objects, scarcely betraying that they were written at all; they sound as if they have always existed....This record is darker and starker than the first, but more solid and more natural; a wonderful work."
    Uncut (magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Here were Welch and Rawlings in pure mountain mode, their softly graceful harmonising complemented by brittle, almost tinny guitars that recalled Willie Nelson."
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