The Harrow & The Harvest

Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2011 Ratings: #6 / 964
Year End Rank: #45
User Score
Based on 44 ratings
2011 Ratings: #94
Liked by 1 person
June 28, 2011 / Release Date
LP / Format
Acony / Label
Folk, Americana / Genres
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This is one of the most defiantly traditional, non-radical and deceptively simple albums in recent memory.


The Harrow & The Harvest is simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.


High lonesome harmonies, beautifully judged musicianship, exquisite songcraft, and a relationship with tradition that is both serious and playful.

No Ripcord

A fully conceived album of beautifully crafted songs, and a real treat for fans and newcomers alike.

Gillian Welch is a pretty impressive woman. She can wait eight years between albums, then return and make music as if nothing changed, and it will go down as yet another contemporary folk classic. The Welch/Rawlings approach has hardly shifted since their 1996 debut, and yet every time they return, they make their uncompromisingly traditional approach to American roots music sound vital, making one of the best roots albums of the year while hardly even seeming to break a sweat. “The ... read more
One of my favorite albums ever released. Gillian's voice and lyrics and Dave Rawlings guitar in perfect harmony.
Scarlet Town - 80
Dark Turn Of Mind - 80
The Way It Will Be - 75
The Way It Goes - 80
Tennessee - 80
Down Along The Dixie Line - 75
Six White Horses - 70
Hard Times - 70
Silver Dagger - 75
The Way The Whole Thing Ends - 75
Gillian Welch outdoes herself with this album. The guitar work is so friggin' stunning. There are these moments where she turns from her typical minor chord progressions to incorporate these major chord moments, and the effect is transcendent. For me, this is Americana at its best. The album plays with tradition, and it is an exploration of the American songbook through stories of struggle and failure. All of this is supported by Gillian's voice and David Rawlings Sublime guitar playing. ... read more
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Track List

  1. Scarlet Town
  2. Dark Turn Of Mind
  3. The Way It Will Be
  4. The Way It Goes
  5. Tennessee
  6. Down Along The Dixie Line
  7. Six White Horses
  8. Hard Times
  9. Silver Dagger
  10. The Way The Whole Thing Ends
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Added on: June 17, 2011