Listen by listen, it becomes clear that this is a record of such quality that isn’t come across on a daily basis.
The Clearing is a document of success for the Bowerbirds, both in their personal lives and their musical lives
Barring another break-up, The Clearing marks the path toward the rest of a richly rewarding career.
In another time and place The Clearing would have been a truly outstanding album, but it has a tough job jostling for space in the current music scene.
The Clearing demonstrates an increase in the trio’s breadth and scope, similar to Iron and Wine’s The Shepherd’s Dog, but minus the studio wonkery.
The Clearing is deliberately polished for a folk record, but what it lacks in scrappiness it makes up for in its precise, artful construction.
At what point does keeping the boat steady become just treading water? It's a quandary that Bowerbirds will have to pose to themselves sooner rather than later.