Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi - They're Calling Me Home
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Based on 7 reviews
2021 Ratings: #5 / 235
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The Irish Times
This remarkably cohesive album of 12 wildly disparate tracks cuts to the heart of what isolation and distance might mean.
The Guardian
This is a big, beautiful album, a showcase for direct, punchy emotions and Giddens’ vocal versatility.
Most striking of all is “О Death", modelled on Bessie Jones’ version, in which Giddens’ extraordinary voice hits new levels of resolute power.
Under The Radar

Albums like They’re Calling Me Home are so effortlessly masterful, so mesmerizing, that the listener can write them off as easily replicable. But the work of Giddens and Turrisi is unique to them.

The pair’s musical chemistry is a potent one and best illustrated by the swirling Avalon with its layered vocals and the couple’s enthralling version of Amazing Grace.
The Arts Desk
One of the warmest and most uplifting of albums recorded under Covid conditions.
The pair find comfort within each other, yet they cannot shake the yearning for other people and places, a complex set of emotions that were quite universal during 2020 and 2021 and are richly conveyed on this soulful, searching album.
They're Calling Me Home me remitió a otra época, una época donde la música no era como ahora la conocemos, antes de la revolucionaria idea de Alba Edison en el siglo XIX, mucho antes del momento en que no sólo era un lujo recurrir a ella, sino un privilegio para las cortes burguesas; tal vez es la música del medievo europeo la que evoca en mí. Es hermoso pensar cómo es que aún hoy día después de tantos años no ... read more
Those who know the duo get what they expect.
To those who don´t this is folkmusic (including one italian opera song) performed in an austere and serious manner. Both musicians are masters of their main instruments (Banjo, Frame drum) and Rhiannon Giddens is a great (classicaly trained) singer. This recording seems to get down to the roots of folk (Songs about Death, being homeless, and faith) and some songs are almost transcendental in their spiritual quality. Yet there is sth. that I ... read more
FIRST LISTEN: If Brokeback Mountain was remade (hope not, wont ever match the original), this would be an ideal accompaniment.
Another great release from Rhiannon Giddens, this is a duo that just compliments each other so well. Turisi's playing is raw, intimate folk and there's so much soul from both poured in, it is goosebumps inducing at times from Giddens' vocal power. I'll have more to say after more listens. The only one that felt out of place and unwanted was 'Nenna Nenna'.
High quality soulful serious bluesy folk that creates a beautiful atmosphere. True NPR core. I have been impressed with everything Rhiannon Giddens has done, and this is no exception. Everything on here is pretty amazing. Especially the singing and overall musicianship. Unfortunately, it does have a few weak tracks, and as a whole it does feel a little odd, but that might just be hearing her sing in Italian on some of the tracks. I will be coming back to this a lot.
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Track List

  1. Calling Me Home
  2. Avalon
  3. Si Dolce è'l Tormento
  4. I Shall Not Be Moved
  5. Black as Crow
  6. O Death
  7. Niwel Goes to Town
  8. When I Was in My Prime
  9. Waterbound
  10. Bully for You
  11. Nenna Nenna
  12. Amazing Grace
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Added on: March 16, 2021