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Press Reviews for I See The Sign

Sam Amidon's All Is Well was one of MOJO's albums of 2008.  An entrancing reworking of folk ballads with Bjork producer Valgeir Sigurdsson and New York-based composer Nico Muhly, it wrapped quavering strings, mournful brass and picked guitar around Amidon's delicate, lonesome vocals.

Now stepping from his bareboards hermitage, Amidon - with Sigurdsson, Muhly, multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily and on Beth Orton - brings a heightened reality and off-register colour to these black-and-white broadsides.

The shift feels alarming at first - Amidon's spare delivery augmented by brass, woodwind, Moog, percussion and Orton - but on tracks such as church spiritual “[Climbing High Mountains”] Trying To Get Home”, nervy fratricide narrative “How Come That Blood” and, alarmingly, the cover of R. Kelly's “Relief”, these extra brushes of light and colour also bring scope and depth, bridging the gap between ancient and modern tales of dark clouds and merciful release.  

Andrew Male

MOJO (March 18th 2010) ★★★★★★★★★★

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Mar 28

Sam Amidon, Big Ears Festival
with Ben Frost
Big Ears Festival
Knoxville (United States)

Apr 15

Sam Amidon, Handelsbeur Concertzaal
Handelsbeurs Concertzaal
Gent (Belgium)

Apr 16

Sam Amidon, The Reflektor
The Reflektor
Liege (Belgium)

Apr 17

Sam Amidon, Botanique
Botanique - Orangerie
Brussels (Belgium)

Apr 18

Sam Amidon, Rockhal
Rockhal
Esch/Alzette (Luxembourg)

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I See The Sign
Released on 19 April 2010
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All is Well
Released on 22 October 2007
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