Old Wow

Sam Lee - Old Wow
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #75 / 686
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2020 Ratings: #252
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January 31, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Cooking Vinyl / Label
Folk / Genres
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Combines the purity of ‘Five Leaves Left’, some of Benjamin Clementine’s theatricality, the gently unfolding arrangements of ‘Ys’ and the same solid connection with the soil beneath that, say, Ben Howard’s ‘Noonday Dream’ or Talk Talk’s ‘Laughing Stock’ took care to nurture.

As impressive a folk song cycle as 2020 might offer us.
At first glance, Old Wow seems to be connected to the roots of nature, it is in fact deeply human. After the delicious Bonny Light Horseman album, it's the turn of an Englishman to offer us a little treasure of traditional folk. If you don't know Sam Lee, is an artist who was revealed to a large audience in 2012 with an excellent first effort Ground Of It's Down, but who always preferred to privilege his music, his passions and his principles at the expense of celebrity. This also explains why ... read more
One of the most wholly beautiful and serene albums of the year so far. Sam Lee's vision of folk music is very earthy and organic, sounding almost in tune with nature itself. Listening to the grandiose crescendos on a song like "Soul Cake" is like watching time-lapse footage of a massive tree blossoming before your very eyes. The harmonious pianos and gentle strings peppered throughout 'Old Wow' contribute to a peaceful sound that quietly unfolds around the listener as the songs draw ... read more
Sam Lee's 3rd studio album, Old Wow, is a great contemporary folk album with some very interesting lyrics along side with a theartical musical experience of slow, soft melodies which combined creates a thought provoking album which is an highly enjoyable album and a highlight of 2020 Folk music.

Track Review

The Garden of England (Seeds of Love) 8/10
Lay This Body Down 8.5/10
The Moon Shines Bright 8.5/10
Soul Cake 8.5/10
Spencer the Rover 8/10
Jasper Sea 8.5/10
Sweet Sixteen ... read more
An absolutely gorgeous traditional folk album. So well instrumented it blows my mind - dark, mysterious, dramatic and warm. Beautifully revisits traditional english and american folk songs, searching for and shining a light on the timelessness of the music while bringing the songs a contemporary subtext in the wake of climate change and grand political apathy. So glad I found this, I have a feeling it will be one of the most underrated albums of the year.

STANDOUTS: The Garden of England, Lay ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Garden of England (Seeds of Love)
  2. Lay This Body Down
  3. The Moon Shines Bright
  4. Soul Cake
  5. Spencer the Rover
  6. Jasper Sea
  7. Sweet Sixteen
  8. Turtle Dove
  9. Worthy Wood
  10. Balfanen
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Added on: December 7, 2019