Soul Journey 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)"… Soul Journey 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)"… Gillian Welch Country
Music Review

Soul Journey (2014)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Gillian Welch; Genre: Country

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.

Originally posted Jun 06, 2003 Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003 Order article reprints