Year of the Album — #074
Brown Bird – “Salt For Salt” (2011, Supply and Demand)
This album is a spectacular example of what can be done within the framework of traditional music to push it into the headphones of a new generation, without falling victim to incongruous stabs of modernity.
Brown Bird’s Salt For Salt is one of the best albums I’ve heard this year easily, and it’s by far the strongest folk release so far. With influences ranging from classicist folk to gypsy and alternative influences (Vandaveer comes to mind) Salt For Salt is one of those rare albums which sticks with you and all but demands praise. You can read the rest of the review at PopMatters.