The Clearing

Bowerbirds - The Clearing
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2012 Ratings: #224 / 956
User Score
Based on 21 ratings
March 6, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Dead Oceans / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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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.

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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
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Added on: December 1, 2011