Bonny Light Horseman

Bonny Light Horseman - Bonny Light Horseman
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #266 / 616
User Score
Based on 214 ratings
2020 Ratings: #247
Liked by 6 people
January 24, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
37d03d / Label
Folk / Genres
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For trad-folk fans who like to dig deep, this record is a perfect launching point — there are endless avenues of history to be found here.


Mitchell, Johnson and Kaufman zeroed in on their goal: to give ancient songs a contemporary twist, and to surround the timeless feelings expressed in those songs with drop-dead gorgeous string and vocal arrangements.

American Songwriter
This is classic folk that shimmers with a vitality and determination so hypnotic and cohesive, it seems like they wrote these selections themselves.

For folk fans especially, there’s a rich vein of history mined on Bonny Light Horseman that makes for rewarding listening. Some songs, after all, are just timeless.

Spectrum Culture

Bonny Light Horseman excels in its simplicity, camaraderie and passion. The record is coolly grandiose and splendid, but never pompous.


Mitchell, Kaufman, and Johnson have rarely sounded better than they do together, locked inside these scenes with the intimacy of siblings.

No Ripcord

Hard to call this a debut in the hands of such accomplished musicians, but the sublime far outweighs the average here and gives hope for further chapters.


Indie-folk supergroup Bonny Light Horseman find ways to turn a collective vision into a singular sound with their reworkings of traditional songs.


Bonny Light Horseman resembles a somewhat above-average indie folk effort, not at all bad but not of lasting impact. Maybe they should have messed with this stuff a bit more.


There’s nothing super about adhering to the virtues of pop – and in turn, Bonny Light Horseman is a marginally decent record; nothing more.

i fell asleep while listening to this album last night and right now this is my second time listening. i don't have any regrets. this album isso beautiful. thank you @EdFruscley for suggesting me this album to listen. tbh i badly need a break from the current events right now, it overwhelms me tbh. :( i thank for 37 minutes of peace that the album gave me.
Anais Mitchell, the creator of the incredible concept album Hadestown, returns with a supergroup to tackle some warm folk classics. She is joined by Eric Johnson and Josh Kaufman that help deliver tight harmonies and lush guitar melodies. Mitchell is a master storyteller. Even though these are classic folk songs, Mitchell and Co. transform the music into a collection of fresh Appalachian narratives. I could have used something with a little more gravity, but these are beautifully performed and ... read more
The musings of folk angels are engulfed in the tsunami of pure relaxation and triumph on “Bonny Light Horseman”. This record feels the deep, deserted voids of the wide open spaces in life on the prairie in the United States, and I couldn’t help but lose myself in the beautiful songs presented here.

Color: Blue
FAV TRACKS: all of them!
This triad of musicians successfully composed folk music pieces that have complete characteristics to remain in the history of music, so far from 2020 it is the best contribution to music and my ears, the lyrics are as cohesive and narrated as little poems , instruments are everywhere, they surround me with peace wherever I go, and despite being in such a contemporary era and full of options to create music in thousands of ways, today this album offers everything with a few string instruments ... read more
This album is a double nice surprise because first of all you can't imagine how complex it is to make traditional "covers" as beautiful or/and to rework them in this way by appropriating them as Bonny Light Horseman did, and secondly if you're curious like me, it allows you to discover some original jewels.

From the very first listening I was directly immersed in the universe, forgetting everything that was happening around me, yet it's not a revolutionary folk, far from it, it's ... read more
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Track List

  1. Bonny Light Horseman
  2. Deep In Love
  3. The Roving
  4. Jane Jane
  5. Blackwaterside
  6. Magpie's Nest
  7. Lowlands
  8. Mountain Rain 
  9. Bright Morning Stars
  10. 10,000 Miles
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Added on: January 22, 2020