Bright Sunny South

Sam Amidon - Bright Sunny South
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2013 Ratings: #389 / 956
User Score
Based on 16 ratings
May 14, 2013 / Release Date
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Nonesuch / Label
Folk / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

82
Paste

No longer fumbling through novice flubs, Bright Sunny South features the most accomplished musicianship of Amidon’s career.

80
musicOMH

Bright Sunny South may not have the stark string arrangements of its predecessor but these songs are arguably drawn from a broader musical palette, mixing original compositions with covers of songs both old and new. 

80
AllMusic

Bright Sunny South doesn't stray too far from Amidon's previous work, but still suggests his development in its gorgeous production, increasingly deft arrangements, and a general sense of greater confidence and vision throughout the record.

80
No Ripcord

There’s a melancholic elegance in Amidon’s pieces that express nuanced forms of sadness

77
Pitchfork

Not quite as stylized as 2010’s I See the Sign, but certainly no less ambitious, Bright Sunny South is a quiet, austere album that emphasizes Amidon’s banjo playing and singing.

70
The 405

It's a shame there aren't more of these forward-thinking noises, and as such, the album only semi-succeeds, with the isolated guitars and lethargic vocals coming across too full of wear and drear. 

70
Drowned in Sound

With Bright Sunny South, Amidon has taken a huge step forward as a folk artist, creating arrangements which preserve his musicianship, while deepening the maturity of his interpretive skills.

70
DIY

As ever, Amidon mediates between the folk music of his ancestry and the popular music of his day, finding a unique modernity in his marrying of past and present. 

70
PopMatters

Bright Sunny South ostensibly works as a return to a simpler sound, but it’s simpler only through the lens of a greater maturity, with Amidon’s ability to stay out of a song’s way as well as to shove his way into something more exploratory being a major asset.

70
Consequence of Sound

Amidon scores again by taking these traditionals – with a couple modern covers thrown in – and stripping them of their inherent familiarity in favor of melodies and arrangements that match the complexity of his long relationships with them.

CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
tha138
68
Melancholic, folk tunes to greet the spirit of time.
What a gentle way to treat tradition.
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Track List

  1. Bright Sunny South
  2. I Wish I Wish
  3. Short Life
  4. My Old Friend
  5. He's Taken My Feet
  6. Pharaoh
  7. As I Roved Out
  8. Shake It Off
  9. Groundhog
  10. Streets Of Derry
  11. Weeping Mary
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