Grady Smith
September 07, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Carpenter

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
music label
82197
genre
Folk

We gave it an A-

On their second album helmed by rock auteur Rick Rubin (and seventh full-length overall), The Carpenter, the North Carolina siblings deliver another gorgeously crafted set of sad and soulful laments laced with acoustic guitars, sharply punctuated piano, and delicate cello. From the moving reflection on death ”The Once and Future Carpenter” to the rollicking ”Pretty Girl From Michigan,” it’s a harmonious, cohesive album — like hope and regret all shaken up in a mason jar. A-

Best Tracks:
The Once and Future Carpenter
Life

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