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Springtime
Freakwater
Springtime
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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There's much to lament in Freakwater's lonesome world, and you're simply riveted while they tell you all about it. Covering such light subjects as heaven, death, God, and demons, the aching harmonies of Catherine Ann Irwin...  more »

      
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All Artists: Freakwater
Title: Springtime
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Thrill Jockey
Original Release Date: 1/20/1998
Release Date: 1/20/1998
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Classic Country, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 036172874729

Synopsis

Amazon.com's Best of 1998
There's much to lament in Freakwater's lonesome world, and you're simply riveted while they tell you all about it. Covering such light subjects as heaven, death, God, and demons, the aching harmonies of Catherine Ann Irwin and Janet Beveridge Bean call to mind icons like the Carter Family while exploring the darkest of themes. Their marriage of traditional melodies with modern caustic lyrics works to perfection. On Springtime, there seems to be the slightest trace of hope mixed in with the despair, but while the rougher edges are sanded down, they're never polished. --Marc Greilsamer

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REAL music for all the Lilith children
12/26/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"In an age where Jewel and Sarah McLachlan are hailed as Lilith Queens and phonies like Garth Brooks have ruined country music, it's no surprise that Freakwater are virtually unknown. The songs which comprise SPRINGTIME sound like a letter to Nashville saying, "This is how it ought to be done." Real, raw, melodic, heartfelt. Even if you don't like "country music" (and I don't), please give this album a chance.Memo to Sarah McL: PLEASE invite Freakwater to next year's Lilith."
Faulkner's Favorite Country Band
07/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If William Faulkner had a favorite country band (and it wasn't the Carter Family), it might well be Freakwater. They conjure up a universe of their own, where Mohammed Ali's fight for respect ("Louisville Lip") is no less an appropriate subject for minor key mountain laments than drunkeness, lonliness, and poverty. The vocal harmonies have just the right rawness to them, a keening, slightly warbling sound that pierces your brain as well as your heart, and the simple instrumentation is expert. Be prepared for friends and family to think you're nuts if they hear it come out of your speakers, but buy it and play it on your headphones if you have to. There is something unique, real and American about this music."
Best country song ever written about Mohammed Ali!!!
August Lamczyk | Springfield, IL | 02/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The above title of this review is 100% correct. Now if you are inclined to like country music that is lyrically dumbed down and sonically a bastardized half breed between 1980s southern rock and teen pop for adults well this may be to distinct for you. On this Freakwater alblum the song writing becomes more precise, the instrumentation though sparse is more refined, and the sound of the intertwined vocals morphs into something beautiful and almost unworldly. The lyrics make you ponder ideas that you've thought about but seldom hear in a song (think Graham Parker, Vic Chestnut, and Patti Smith). This alblum will give you faith in country music again."