March 27, 2020
Cohen's fourth date for ECM wanders freely between its many influences to emerge with a compelling identity of its own. The melodies are often hummable and there are many different stylistic forays into psychedelic rock, R&B and funk, Hebrew folk, and sound system electronica. It is easily the most accessible album of Cohen's career thus far, in that it will likely appeal to listeners not normally drawn to jazz.
- Thom Jurek
August 19, 1997
A document that had a seismic effect on the burgeoning folk music revival of the 1950s and '60s, Harry Smith's 1952 compilation Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1-3 was a brilliantly idiosyncratic summation of the years between 1927 and 1933, when record companies were willing to record nearly anything. Deep blues, Appalachian dread, tall tales, eccentric dance tunes – this is endlessly, gloriously fascinating and steeped in the weirdness of everyday life.
- Mark Deming