Will Hermes
June 06, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Soul Journey

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Gillian Welch
Producers
Acony
genre
Country

We gave it an A-

Welch and fingerpicking genius cohort David Rawlings make ancient-sounding songs that glint with modern dread. After ”O Brother” hit the soundtrack jackpot, ”Time (The Revelator)” moved Welch’s stylistic clock forward; on Soul Journey she further subverts her Walker Evans-style image — what, no retro housedress?! — with aching songs about restless daughters that reference classic soul and pastoral psychedelia. And her smoky Appalachian porch moan has never sounded deeper, realer, or sexier.

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