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Hymns for the Exiled
Anais Mitchell
Hymns for the Exiled
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Vermont's Anais Mitchell write and sings - in English and sometimes Arabic - with redemptive energy, about the challenges of our times. On "Hymns for the Exiled" Mitchell writes from the perspective of an Iraqi woman; an ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Anais Mitchell
Title: Hymns for the Exiled
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Waterbug Records
Release Date: 9/21/2004
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 753114005828, 0827565036028, 827565036028

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Vermont's Anais Mitchell write and sings - in English and sometimes Arabic - with redemptive energy, about the challenges of our times. On "Hymns for the Exiled" Mitchell writes from the perspective of an Iraqi woman; an American child caught between terrifying reality and anti-terrorist rhetoric; of the cynical political use of the survivors of the Quecreek Flood; of the death of an Austin drummer, and her Grandmother's dress. Raised by a novelist and a community organizer in rural New England, Anais Mitchell grew up listening to Dylan and the Dead, Cohen, Velvet Underground, Joni Mitchell, Ani, Dar Williams and Tori Amos. At 18, she moved to Boston, where she did time at open mikes and the Park St. T station. At twenty, she moved to Austin, where she released her debut album, "The Song They Sang When Rome Fell." The Kerrville Folk Festival honored her work with the prestigious New Folk award in 2003. She graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 2004 with a degree in political science. Anais has spent extensive time in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, studying languages (Spanish, German, and Arabic) and international politics, bringing a worldly depth to her writing - which she presents to her audience with a graceful presence of spirit.

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BEST CD I OWN
Rui Jie | Wisconsin | 04/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I cannot stop listening to Anais's music. At first I was going to get the 4 free downloads off her site and stick with just that, but after 2 weeks I was playing them on repeat so often that I broke down and bought it. Now I just play the whole CD on repeat. My favorite song is the first one."
Brilliant new songwriter
Gary A. Martin | Assonet, MA United States | 02/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anäis blew me away when she played her two songs in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition in 2003. Turns out she blew everyone else away, too. At the age of 23, she was writing songs that can stand up alongside the best. The songs are mostly political in nature, but much more intellectual, cryptic, and subtle than is typical in that genre. Anäis' influences are the folk icons of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, but her experiences as a DJ on a college radio folk show and as daughter of 60s folkies give her folk roots that include traditional music that predates the 60s folk boom. I've had her perform twice as an opener in my house concert series and look forward to having her back to headline. Not since Dar Williams in 1994 have I been so impressed with a young singer/songwriter. This Waterbug CD release is simply brilliant."
The Voice of Her that Crieth in the Wilderness
Michael Cessna | 01/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Imagine being deathly thirsty, with the heat of Egypt's desert summer sun bearing down upon you...and then being given a large bottle of cold water by a stranger passing by. That's how I felt when I first listened to Anaïs Mitchell's songs "Before The Eyes Of Storytelling Girls" and "1984" on PBS radio a few weeks ago. She had a voice, and a message behind that voice, that was deeply felt. With poetic-melodic-acoustic sounds she captures the heart of issues and interests that are shared by many, but voiced by few."