Fellow Travelers

Shearwater - Fellow Travelers
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Based on 14 reviews
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Based on 8 ratings
November 26, 2013 / Release Date
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The Line of Best Fit

None of the tracks surpass the original (except probably Coldplay), but it doesn’t feel like the intention to ‘one-up’ other bands here. It’s an intimate, nostalgic affair for a small minority. For others, it’ll be less vital. 


Fellow Travelers is not really a measure of Shearwater’s writing so much as its orchestration skills. Thankfully, their approach goes further than “take a loud song and make it acoustic” and its vice versa equivalent. 

Drowned in Sound

Fellow Travellers is a missed opportunity for a great covers album, but as a shout-out to friends, it epitomises everything that’s endearing and admirable about Shearwater.


One hopes that the Austin band takes lessons from both the successes and failures of Fellow Travelers: taking risks here and there often pays off, but don’t mess with a vocal formula that works.


Although this album is unlikely to change any existing opinion about a band whose left of centre sensibilities have always meant successfully evading wider acceptance, there is enough richness in the material here to merit far more than classing Fellow Travelers as a mere novelty.

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Track List

  1. Our Only Sun
  2. I Luv the Valley OH!
  3. Hurts Like Heaven
  4. Natural One
  5. Ambiguity
  6. Cheerleader
  7. Tomorrow
  8. A Wake For the Minotaur
  9. Mary Is Mary
  10. Fucked Up Life
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Added on: September 13, 2013