Ken Tucker
June 13, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

There Were Wolves

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Indie Rock, Folk

We gave it an A-

Hushed vocals describe pastoral landscapes and conversations heard primarily in the narrators’ heads on The Accidental’s There Were Wolves. Mostly acoustic instruments hum and pierce with precise sincerity. The result could have been wimpy and insular; instead, these Brits gathering themselves from other bands (Tunng, Bicycle Thieves, the Memory Band) cohere as their own entity: neotraditionalists grappling with timely alienation. And to put it in commercial terms, if you liked the harmonies of that romantic duo on the Once soundtrack, you’ll fall for these hard-headed, bighearted folkies. A-
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