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All Is Well

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Sugar Baby
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Little Johnny Brow
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Saro
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Wild Bill Jones
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Wedding Dress
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Fall On My Knees
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Little Satchel
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O Death
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Prodigal Son
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All Is Well
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Total Tracks: 10   Total Length: 47:56

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All is Well

EMUSIC-001D5CF5

I love this album. Haunting, eccentric, stripped down, poignant. I saw him perform in NYC last night and was mesmerized. Now, why does someone like Bon Iver get all the love and this guy doesn't????

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Not an instant love...

Lio

... but very valuable with time. Subtle melodies and arrangements make it a great album.

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I listen to this over and over and over...

gestalt-coolness

This album and 'This Chicken' are both pure gold. Highly recommended, must-have. Beautiful, haunting, warm, wonderful. This is great art. And yes, track 10 skips at the end (re-rip soon, please?)

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track 10

organdonor47

@latino3heat02 - it jumped when I downloaded it & i complained. Looks like they still havent re-ripped it

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chilled

tjbondi

if your washing up with a dirty hangover let me tell you this will may you feel better.

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This is amazing

LarsOlson

I think this might be the best album I've heard in the past year.

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Timeless Treasure

ptolemyclark

Stunningly complex reinterpretations of old traditional folk songs, spirituals and hymns by one of the world's best fiddlers, fleshed out with the help of buddies Nico Muhly and Thomas Bartlett (Doveman). A timeless treasure.

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Better than Chicken

Megatoad

Much more enjoyable than "But this Chicken..." Oh, track #2 is "little johnny brown" not 'brow.'

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everyday music for everyman

pearsonable2

samamidon's buttery voice on this record is the solid point by which the instrumentation curls furls and twists around. His tone of voice remains within the same "zone" throughout the record. He is relaxed, telling stories that seem old and tarnished by age.

They Say All Music Guide

Samamidon’s second album and first for Bedroom Community, All Is Well is, at its core, a very pleasant modern folk album filled with interpretations of older public domain standards, with Sam Amidon’s ruminative voice and steady playing not in and of itself immediately unique. A song like “Saro,” with its truly lovely arrangement and Amidon’s stellar performance, however inevitably his vocal style suggests but does not replicate Nick Drake’s, is justification for its release as it stands. However, there’s a calm drive at the heart of many of his songs that shows why he’s been affiliated with the world of low-key dance experiments as much as anything else, as songs like “Sugar Baby” show. “Little Johnny Brown” is one of the apotheoses of this album’s approach, with a variety of sympathetic guests, including Ben Frost on programming and Eyvind Kang on murky viola shading, creating a counterbalance between folk roots and something starkly modern that resembles a slightly more smooth Long Fin Killie, tense and mysterious. Meanwhile, “Wedding Dress” is as sweet a straightforward amble as it could be, Amidon’s banjo playing as notable as his guitar work, while “O Death,” if even more straightforward in terms his singing, has its melody played like a minimal mantra, heavily echoed and moved forward in the mix, a contrast that makes Amidon sound like he’s almost singing through the instruments. It’s a small touch but an effective one. – Ned Raggett

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