Anaïs Mitchell - Hadestown
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2010 Ratings: #1 / 855
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2010 Ratings: #25
March 9, 2010 / Release Date
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Righteous Babe / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Drowned in Sound

Mitchell traverses such a sweeping range of emotions, genres and styles over the course of Hadestown, it’s frankly remarkable that the whole thing works at all.

100
The Guardian
A project like this runs the risk of dryness, but between them Mitchell and Chorney have created something joyful and witty that yields more with every listen.
90
NME
Mitchell has always been good, but ‘Hadestown’ is her Odyssey.
90
PopMatters
Rich, rewarding, moving, and beautiful, this is a wonderful record.
80
AllMusic
Artfully conceived, articulated, and produced, Hadestown raises Mitchell's creative bar exponentially: there isn't anything else remotely like it.
_zeltrxn17
87
A 44 year old woman would see this the way 12 year olds see xxx's 17. But it's for all the good reasons.
Toasterqueen12
95
I didn't know this was a musical until months after I heard it, and I don't think I need to see it. This album paints such an amazing picture of this town and the people living inside it that I don't need the visuals.

Truth be told, the biggest fault of the album is using the names of the gods. I get that's the point, but I think it would have been more interesting if these were random people and the Greek Myth part was in the subtext.

But overall, if some albums ooze with personality, this ... read more
MinatoArisato
70
Hadestown is a very unique piece of music seeing as it is a folk opera, which isn't a term I've used outside of this record. Hadestown is musical which utilizes a selection of talented voices from Greg Brown to Bon Iver front man Justin Vernon. It 's a concept album which tells the Greek tale of Orpheus' journey to the underworld to bring back his beloved Eurydice from the dead. The albums story itself is a really enthralling one that has a remarkable presentation. It is very folky and reeks of ... read more
WildChameleon
89
Hadestown is very interesting because of the form : "Folk opéra". Strange name but it describes the album. Based to Orpheus myth, Hadestown sounds like a historical replay with a lot of great singers. All voices are well-chosen, especially Justin Vernon and Greg Brown and all singers are in synergy. In addition to this good casting, the composition of the album is just fabulous ! (For example "way down Hadestown" is so dynamic as well as "Papers" , ... read more
90
Hadestown consists of lots of beautiful, stripped back instrumentation along with haunting vocal performances. The concept of Greek mythology blends very well with the aesthetic and atmosphere created by the songs. Highly recommend both, the album and musical since their both fairly different but great.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#41/Paste

MISC LISTS

#63/Paste (Indie Folk)

Track List

  1. Wedding Song feat. Justin Verno 
  2. Epic (Part I) feat. Justin Vernon 
  3. Way Down Hadestown feat. Justin Vernon, Ani DiFranco and Ben Knox Miller
  4. Songbird Intro
  5. Hey, Little Songbird feat. Greg Brown
  6. Gone, I'm Gone feat. The Haden Triplets
  7. When The Chips Are Down feat. The Haden Triplets
  8. Wait For Me feat. Ben Knox Miller and Justin Vernon
  9. Why We Build The Wall feat. Greg Brown 
  10. Our Lady Of The Underground feat. Ani DiFranco 
  11. Flowers (Eurydice's Song)
  12. Nothing Changes feat. The Haden Triplets 
  13. If It's True feat. Justin Vernon
  14. Papers (Hades Finds Out)
  15. How Long? feat. Ani DiFranco and Greg Brown
  16. Epic (Part II) feat. Justin Vernon
  17. Lover's Desire
  18. His Kiss, The Riot feat. Greg Brown 
  19. Doubt Comes In feat. Justin Vernon
  20. I Raise My Cup To Him feat. Ani DiFranco
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