The Wide, Wide River

James Yorkston - The Wide, Wide River
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #243 / 736
User Score
Based on 93 ratings
2021 Ratings: #623
Liked by 10 people
January 22, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Domino / Label
Chamber Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Uncut

The immediacy is obvious, and the band stretch Yorkston’s reassuring vulnerability in new directions.

80
Mojo

Yorkston is one of our finest talents, still stretching out.

80
Clash

It’s contagious joy to hear players with such abandon and intuition, braiding their lines together.

80
AllMusic

Simply putting a group of barely-familiars in a room together doesn't necessarily guarantee collaborative magic, but Yorkston & the Secondhand Orchestra complement each other's strengths well on this richly satisfying matchup.

80
Loud and Quiet

What would be a fun Yorkston album becomes something more due to the presence of the orchestra.

72
Spectrum Culture

Another fine installment in what has proven to be a highly inventive and engaging recording career from a singular talent.

70
PopMatters

The beauty of James Yorkston's The Wide, Wide River allows the coziness back in without making concessions to his continued development and desire to push beyond traditional folk music.

BodhisattyaPal
85

Soothing melody, feel good acoustic, amazing lyrics.
Thoroughly enjoyed. Not a single bad moment. A brilliant cover art also. Will now listen more Yorkston.
Fav Tracks: Choices, Like Wide Rivers
There is no Upside
We test the Beams

BGL13
60
Lumdogmillionai
75

Country: UK / Sweden

Genre: Folk

For fans of: Sam Lee, Tom Rosenthal, King Creosote

Warm instrumentation and fantastically complex lyrics are the overarching theme on this record. Aside from the first track, this album was recorded entirely over three days and this improvisational spirit carries through on a lot of the songs here. The album doesn't necessarily feel rough around the edges, but it has a sense of spontaneity that I'd normally associate with live performances.

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Track List

  1. Ella Mary Leather
  2. To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows
  3. Choices, Like Wide Rivers
  4. Struggle
  5. There Is No Upside
  6. A Droplet Forms
  7. A Very Old - Fashioned Blues
  8. We Test the Beams

Year End Lists

#92/Under the Radar
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Added on: November 4, 2020