Fire Note Says: Crooked Still is a true leader of the pack in a surging folk revival movement!
Crooked Still’s third album Still Crooked hits shelves today and it is a shot across the bow that the neo-folk bluegrass movement is thriving and ready to cross into other genres. Crooked Still is able to use the traditional instruments of fiddle, banjo, cello and bass along with the stunning vocals of Aoife O’Donovan to create a modern hybrid folk that not only sounds great playing next to Alison Krauss but also new indie darlings Fleet Foxes or longtime staples like The Shins. If you have been following Crooked Still since their 2004 debut Hop High you may be aware that they have been thru some changes in the lineup with original cello player Rushad Eggleston departing and the band expanding from a quartet to a quintet by adding two new members in the mix giving the group an even more expansive sound. With solid musicians backing her up O’Donovan takes the reigns on Still Crooked and gives it her all with haunting and captivating vocals that make each song come alive, be it on the ballad “Captain Captain” to the upbeat rhythms of “The Absentee” her voice brings you in and does not let you go. It is this perfection that makes Crooked Still sound modern but yet classic and Still Crooked new but yet deep-rooted in tradition. If you are fan of this style go out and pick this album up, if you have liked some of the other more alt-folk bands out there, I encourage you to take a risk because Crooked Still will become your new favorite.
Key Tracks:"The Absentee", "Did You Sleep Well?", "Captain Captain"
Bands With Similar Fire:
Old Crow Medicine Show
Official Crooked Still Website
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Crooked Still Info [Allmusic]
-Reviewed by Christopher Anthony