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The Clearing

Bowerbirds

The Clearing

Third album from the North Carolina alt.folk duo Phil Moore and Beth Tacular

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Dead Oceans
UK Release date
05/03/2012
US Release date
06/03/2012
  1. 9.0 |   The 405

    Though it's pleasant at surface level, this is one that takes a bit of time to unravel. And when that unraveling occurs, listen by listen, it becomes clear that this is a record of such quality
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    A breathtaking album that capitalises on and emphasises the good things about their previous two releases
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  3. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Their creative approach, fresh ideas and most importantly the quality of their music is sure to propel the trio beyond many of their competitors and onto bigger things. A grower, and a gem
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  4. 8.4 |   Beats Per Minute

    A blanket of comfort to any listener that needs to know that things can, and will, get better
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  5. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The Clearing marks the path toward the rest of a richly rewarding career
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  6. 8.3 |   Paste Magazine

    They’ve always had a rich, full sound. But now, it’s larger, more grandiose
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  7. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A woody, creaky, but ultimately gorgeous folk record
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  8. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album will reward listeners who are willing to let it grow on them
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  9. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Sit back, drink it in. This is Bowerbirds morphing sonically, slowly but then suddenly, like a butterfly
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  10. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Bowerbirds are gliding ahead of the nu-folk pack
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  11. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Effortlessly walks secret mountain paths that others would be flattered to follow. Print edition only

  12. 8.0 |   BBC

    A natural progression, and the best LP yet from the indie-folk couple
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  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A slow-burning, intimate and accomplished disc, best enjoyed if you clear some space to let it grow
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  14. 7.9 |   Pitchfork

    The Clearing feels lovingly erected, fashioned bit by bit
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  15. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Not only does each track have a clear, structured storyline, the album as a whole explores various directions, venturing into many realms with interesting results
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  16. 7.0 |   Clash

    Here we have a relatively new band experimenting with the boundaries of their proposed genre, with generally impressive results
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  17. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Enlarges their sonic palette with piano, dobro and touches of strings and woodwind. Print edition only

  18. 7.0 |   Spin

    Raleigh folk duo widens studio palate, crafts their most memorable bit of gnarled, moonlit strummery to date
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  19. 7.0 |   Pop Matters

    Gorgeously flawed, The Clearing is a quiet triumph
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  20. 6.5 |   Prefix

    The band is clearing the decks with this release and if they had continued this train of thought, The Clearing would be an outright success
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  21. 6.5 |   Bowlegs

    Although a little too understated to grip throughout, at its best The Clearing is a refreshing spring clean of Bowerbirds’ homespun sound
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  22. 6.0 |   Q

    Their rough-edged folk has been planned a little smoother, and a breakthrough seems feasible. Print edition only

  23. 6.0 |   DIY

    There’s a smoothness to the record – Bowerbirds seem unafraid of appearing well-recorded or, keep it quiet, even poppy
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  24. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Pretty, pastoral neo-folk and heartfelt, poetic lyrics
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  25. 6.0 |   The Digital Fix

    As soothing and gentle as a quiet walk in the woods
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  26. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Messy and loosely formed, swelling and subsiding in ways that sound both slapdash and irresistibly serendipitous
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  27. 6.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Makes prominent use of chord suspensions, challenging predictable folk-pop chord structures and injecting the tracks with a sense of mystery and anticipation
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  28. 5.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Though they may have shacked up in the North Carolinian wilds, the music this time is content to wander in the purlieu of the village green, though more cacophonously than before
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