Thursday, January 15, 2015

Will Stratton - Gray Lodge Wisdom - 2014

Excellent Album

“Gray Lodge Wisdom is a deeply assured and ambitious collection of prismatic folk tunes that should possess emotional weight even for listeners who don’t know Stratton’s backstory...the best album of his career.” 

- Stephen M. Deusner, Wondering Sound 

“There’s much to love in Stratton’s “Gray Lodge Wisdom,” the year’s strongest folk record...much of the album is a dense and intimate tangle of Stratton’s guitar playing, but the richly arranged title track is all open, unbroken sunshine, the sound of warmth returning after months behind the clouds.” 

- David Greenwald, The Oregonian 

“Will’s songwriting occupies a territory which defies a specific genre or era. Though the arrangement choices on some of the songs (the maelstrom string loops of the title track, for example) ground it firmly in a contemporary field, the actual melody and core elements could have been composed in the 1970s, and still be relevant and resonant schmaltz here, just simple, timeless, beautiful songs.” 

- Dani Charlton, Amazing Radio 

“Gray Lodge Wisdom serves as a reminder of youthful optimism and persistence. Its eight songs prove that at the most basic level, vivid storytelling paired with compelling instrumentation are still the stuff good songs are made of.” 

- Hilary Saunders, Paste Magazine 

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