The Acorn – No Ghost

January 01, 1970

 

 

(Bella
Union)

 

www.bellaunion.com

 

After
two years spent on the road, Canadian folk act the Acorn sequestered themselves
in an remote northern Quebec
cottage to work on their third full-length No
Ghost.
Shaped by isolation, extemporization, first lights, and
sleeplessness, the Acorn’s latest bestowal is an album of stripped-down, agrarian
canticles that sleep with languid strings and pensive avowals-there’s the sway
and twinkle of the totemic title track, the
plucky guitars of “Slippery When Wet,” the muted horns and terra firma vibe of
“Bobcat Goldwraith,” the earthy sweetness of opener “One the Line,” and the
dusty, dirt-road desert chorale of closer “I Made the Law.”

 

The
only place where No Ghost falls
short, if only slightly, is with Rolf Klausener’s hushed intones. While the
frontman’s dove-like voice seems to soar at points, it’s often detached from the seraphic expression of their newest
record. But such a shortcoming is not enough to disregard No Ghost’s lithesome folk – it’s just too enduring to ignore.

 

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