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I See the Sign

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Download links and information about I See the Sign by Sam Amidon. This album was released in 2010 and it belongs to Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 41:51 minutes.

Artist: Sam Amidon
Release date: 2010
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 11
Duration: 41:51
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. How Come That Blood 3:28
2. Way Go Lily 4:14
3. You Better Mind 3:42
4. I See the Sign 6:11
5. Johanna the Row-di 2:21
6. Pretty Fair Damsel 3:03
7. Kedron 2:54
8. Rain and Snow 3:50
9. Climbing High Mountains 3:05
10. Relief 5:21
11. Red 3:42

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A child of folkies, singer/guitarist/banjo player Sam Amidon knows plenty of traditional American songs, but his intriguing versions are far from straight up. Singing in an imperfect but appealing voice that brings to mind Will Oldham, Amidon doesn’t lean on the material; instead he lets the songs’ power come through by displaying restraint. The ballads, children’s songs, and religious tunes that appear on 2010’s I See the Sign are gorgeously rendered by Amidon, arranger Nico Muhly, and others. This album is a good example of how the raw and the cooked can be combined to striking effect. The big contrast here is between Amidon’s plain voice and Muhly’s refined string, brass, and wind writing. The pairing works perfectly, in part due to Valgeir Sigurdsson’s superb production. Two of the album’s standouts appear back to back. On the title track, Shahzad Ismaily’s unusual drumming and a dazzling arrangement provide an inventive backdrop for Amidon’s quietly insistent singing. “Johanna the Row-di,” rendered more sparely than the previous cut, is just as touching, and Beth Orton’s backup vocals are lovely.