Crooked Still: Still Crooked

Crooked Still’s third album consists of mostly traditional tunes, with a few originals that follow the sound. Still Crooked takes the band’s signature ethereal bluegrass vibe – as heard on their 2006 release Shaken By A Low Sound (which I thoroughly enjoyed, but seemed to have neglected reviewing) – and enriches it with a darker folk style, all still very much centered on singer Aoife O’Donovan’s lovely voice.

over yonder in the graveyard
where the wild wildflowers grow
oh there they laid my own true lover
she’s gone from me forevermore

The Appalachian folk gentility of the opener “Undone In Sorrow” blooms into a haunting dirge of beautiful string work. The fiendish fiddle of “The Absentee” breaks the quiet bereavement before the four hundred year old “Captain, Captain” glides elegantly across a widow’s walk.

Aoife’s angelic croon only intensifies the eeriness of the murder ballad “Low Down and Dirty” and moody “Pharoah”. Other songs may not produce as many chills on the skin as the aforementioned tracks, but the entire album is gorgeous and occasionally quite spooky.

Captain, Captain, tell me true
does my sweet Willy sail with you?
no my dear, he is not here
for he is drowned in this ocean dear

Crooked Still – Undone in Sorrow (mp3 expired)
Crooked Still – Wading Deep Waters (mp3 expired)

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