Anaïs Mitchell

Anaïs Mitchell - Anaïs Mitchell
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2022 Ratings: #76 / 340
User Score
Based on 214 ratings
2022 Ratings: #216
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Telegraph

Melodious, wise, elegantly understated but emotionally resonant.

80
Mojo

Deceptively simple, the result is a lovely thing.

80
Uncut

It is a collaborative effort, but there is a narrowing of focus, with Mitchell’s writing becoming more obviously personal.

80
The Line of Best Fit

In comparison to the grand narrative arcs of Hadestown - which confront Greek mythology and economic depression - the songs of Anaïs Mitchell look to the everyday to find magic

80
The Guardian

The indie folk artist returns with a set of lowkey but polished melodic gems, boasting sharp lyrics and striking emotional gear-changes.

80
The Sydney Morning Herald

It’s in this classic simplicity that she masterfully creates her glimmering folk songs that run off the page like exuberant poetry, and might be ebullient (Bright Star) or as heavy as grief can be (Real World).

80
Evening Standard

Mitchell’s high, breathy voice has an intimacy that suits the homecoming theme. She’s travelled a long way from Hadestown, but sounds like she’s exactly where she should be.

80
Albumism

This is not the biting folk epic that Young Man was, nor the high concept and expansive theatre piece Hadestown was, but a humbler half-hour by a highly creative and blossomed mother who, more than anything, presents as worldly, gentle, and wise.

80
Rolling Stone

Her new self-titled LP extends the murky, revelatory folk … with wistful reflections on the passing of time and free-falling in love.

79
Paste
It’s the first great folk album of the year, but more crucially, it’s a quiet personal triumph for Mitchell herself. Disclosing one’s own truths rarely sounds this graceful.
77
Spectrum Culture
Searching for meaning in the maelstrom of moments staring back at her.
72
Pitchfork
On her first album of all-new solo material since 2012, the Vermont-based folk singer reflects on her life with measured reverence.
70
No Ripcord
Mitchell's self-titled comeback is honest songwriting in its purest form, on which she navigates memories and emotions with charming, understated chamber-folk.
daltdisney
75

This is really enjoyable. Simple as. Nothing more nothing less. And that’s mildly disappointing because for her first solo venture in years following the exponential rise of Hadestown in popular culture, I was really excited for this. Though maybe that’s my fault for having such bloated expectations. There is really strong songwriting here, but it just doesn’t grip me in the way I was hoping it would going into the record.

TheCarioca
80

Brooklyn Bridge - 4/5
Bright Star - 5/5 ❤
Revenant - 4/5
On Your Way (Felix Song) - 4/5
Real World - 4/5
Backroads - 4/5
Little Big Girl - 3/5
Now You Know - 4/5
The Words - 3/5
Watershed - 5/5 ❤

pedrosabe16
64

What do you mean Anaïs Mitchell and Dakota Johnson aren’t the same person?

whyisaac
80

Heartfelt, comforting and consistently gorgeous. Love this

Favourites: Brooklyn Bridge, Bright Star, Revenant, Little Big Girl
Least Favourites: Real World

mkelmusic
65

Enjoyable, sweet, and a little unvaried - like eating M&Ms until your stomach hurts.

DareG
79

Delicate yet daring, sparse yet spacious

Standouts: Brooklyn Bridge, Bright Star, On Your Way (Felix Song), The Words

Dropouts: Little Big Girl

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Track List

1Brooklyn Bridge
4:18
78
2Bright Star
3:10
78
3Revenant
3:30
74
4On Your Way (Felix Song)
2:53
72
5Real World
1:49
59
6Backroads
3:26
65
7Little Big Girl
3:18
64
8Now You Know
3:14
71
9The Words
3:11
65
10Watershed
3:14
76
Total Length: 32 minutes
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Added on: October 27, 2021