The Clearing
Bowerbirds - The Clearing
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2012 Ratings: #161 / 928
User Score
Based on 19 ratings
March 6, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
Your Review


The 405

Listen by listen, it becomes clear that this is a record of such quality that isn’t come across on a daily basis.

Beats Per Minute

The Clearing is a document of success for the Bowerbirds, both in their personal lives and their musical lives

A.V. Club

Barring another break-up, The Clearing marks the path toward the rest of a richly rewarding career.


In another time and place The Clearing would have been a truly outstanding album, but it has a tough job jostling for space in the current music scene.

Consequence of Sound

The Clearing demonstrates an increase in the trio’s breadth and scope, similar to Iron and Wine’s The Shepherd’s Dog, but minus the studio wonkery.

Drowned in Sound

The Clearing is a woody, creaky, but ultimately gorgeous folk record


The Clearing is deliberately polished for a folk record, but what it lacks in scrappiness it makes up for in its precise, artful construction.

Under The Radar

At what point does keeping the boat steady become just treading water? It's a quandary that Bowerbirds will have to pose to themselves sooner rather than later.

Track List
  1. Tuck the Darkness In
  2. In the Yard 
  3. Walk the Furrows 
  4. Stitch the Hem 
  5. This Year 
  6. Brave World 
  7. Hush 
  8. Overcome With Light 
  9. Sweet Moment 
  10. Death Wish 
  11. Now We Hurry On
Contributions By
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Added on: December 1, 2011