Average Score: 71
Available At: emusic, Amazon MP3 & CD80 AllMusic
Sure, comparisons to other acts can be drawn on a song-by-song basis, but it’s hard to find other examples that combine range and focus so expertly, making Almanac an early surprise for 2013.
Almanac proves that Widowspeak can embrace more traditional sounds without feeling stuffy, as well as make music that's much more eclectic than might have been expected.
________________________________________________________________________80 Pop Matters
It is a great record for complimenting a temperament you’re already in, which means it isn’t an album you can spin every day. Niche though it may be, it is far more organic and authentic for experimenting with the folk model than the plethora of records churned out by ersatz acts.
Widowspeak is moving forward in its evolution as a band with promising conviction, but at this point they're exploring a lot of different paths.
________________________________________________________________________70 Tiny Mix Tapes
Alamanac represents not only the next step for Widowspeak, but perhaps the next point in our never-ending discussion of what “real” folk is in the 21st century.
________________________________________________________________________60 No Ripcord
The Brooklyn duo provides a good follow-up that helps cement their holding in the new age of dreamy folk rock.
60 Consequence Of Sound
Almanc’s 12 tracks dabble with Americana, the sounds of the ’70s, and the band’s already-established dreamy haze, resulting in a record that satisfies with each homage.
57 Beats Per Minute
Almanac’s most fatal flaw is the amount of time and attention it demands of the listener in return for its misty wares. Even the best of these songs can take two or three listens to stick or make any impression