Mitchell, Anais / Hadestown: A Folk Opera
Album: Hadestown: A Folk Opera   Collection:General
Artist:Mitchell, Anais   Added:Mar 2010
Label:Righteous Babe Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2010-04-04 Pull Date: 2010-06-06
Week Ending: Jun 6 May 30 May 23 May 9 May 2 Apr 25 Apr 18 Apr 11
Airplays: 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 3

Recent Airplay
1. May 27, 2024: Virtually Happy
Why We Build The Wall (Feat. Greg Brown)
4. Dec 13, 2012: Spider Rave
Epic (Part 2) (Feat. Justin Vernon)
2. May 14, 2022: Music Casserole
Wedding Song (Feat. Justin Vernon)
5. Nov 13, 2010: Music Casserole
Why We Build The Wall (Feat. Greg Brown)
3. May 06, 2022: Traditions
Nothing Changes (Feat. The Haden Triplets), When The Chips Are Down (Feat. The Haden Triplets)
6. Jun 05, 2010: Music Casserole
Lover's Desire (Feat. Michael Chorney)

Album Review
Rachel Hamburg
Reviewed 2010-04-07
Alt folk opera! The tragedy of Orpheus, set in the Depression, written by Anais Mitchell, w/Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Greg Brown, and Ani DiFranco. MY NEW FAVORITE ALBUM. Incredible lyrics, vocals are so many kinds of sexy (there’s the haunting Bon Iver, the deep rasp of Greg Brown, Ani, and Mitchell’s nasal but hyper-controlled gorgeousness), moving. Cello, accordion, acoustic guitar, glock, piano. FCC CLEAN. Play it all, but some songs don’t make sense by themselves. 1, 3, 9, 11, and 13 work alone.
1. Swingin’ love duet. 2. Slow/cool/melancholy with layered voices. Story of Hades. Ends with ambient harmonica, violin, dogs barking. 3. Upbeat fun group song with horn and guitar. Heavy on characterization…fun, “musical” feel. 4. Instrumental cello. 5. Slow deep scratchy talky male vox with higher female intercessions. 6. Longing fem fox, w/slightly distorted multipart fem vox at the end. 7. Upbeat jazzy multipart fem vox all about game theory. 8. Slow guitar, piano arpeggios, strings. Scratchy creepy whispered male vox. With beautiful layered male vox (Bon Iver) on the chorus. 9. Awesome political song, deep low scratchy, call and repeat with chorus, lots of build, long instrumental at the end. 10. Swingy, sexy jazzy song with a larger chorus in the refrain. 11. Lovely slow, melancholy fem ballad. 12. Multipart slow fem harmonies, a capella. 13. Slow sad sexy creepy marvelous Bon Iver solo to become obsessed with. 14. Fast drums/string instrumental, suggests some funky impending doom. 15. Slow duet. Poetic but won’t make sense outside of the context of the story. 16. Reprise of 2, more sadness, more drums, tells the story of Hades and Persephone. Cool harmonies. 17. Instrumental, with strange electronic noises, ambient bells, guitar, buzzing, cello, accordion. Midtempo. 18. Solo, mostly deep talking with lots of instrumental build. No sense out of context. 19. Creepy string instrumentation, steady drums. Slow, eastern vox. Ends with intense loud upsetting instrumental. 20. Slow melancholy fem duet. Fades out early.

Track Listing
1. Wedding Song (Feat. Justin Vernon)   11. Flowers (Eurydice's Song)
2. Epic (Part 1) (Feat. Justin Vernon)   12. Nothing Changes (Feat. The Haden Triplets)
3. Way Down Hadestown (Feat. Justin Vernon, Ani Difranco And Ben Knox Miller)   13. If It's True (Feat. Justin Vernon)
4. Song Bird Intro   14. Papers (Hades Finds Out) (Feat. Michael Chorney)
5. Hey, Little Songbird (Feat. Greg Brown)   15. How Long? (Feat. Ani Difranco And Greg Brown)
6. Gone, I'm Gone (Feat. The Haden Triplets)   16. Epic (Part 2) (Feat. Justin Vernon)
7. When The Chips Are Down (Feat. The Haden Triplets)   17. Lover's Desire (Feat. Michael Chorney)
8. Wait For Me (Feat. Ben Knox Miller And Justin Vernon)   18. His Kiss, The Riot (Feat. Greg Brown)
9. Why We Build The Wall (Feat. Greg Brown)   19. Doubt Comes In (Feat. Justin Vernon)
10. Our Lady Of The Underground (Feat. Ani Difranco)   20. I Raise My Cup To Him (Feat. Ani Difranco)