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  • Summary: The first release in eight years for the North Carolina-based trio of Amelia Meath, Molly Sarle and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig was mixed by Nick Sanborn.
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  1. Q Magazine
    Sep 18, 2018
    80
    The a capella tracks remain their USP, but when they stretch out into the acoustic guitar balladry of the Joanna Newsom-sih Fish, they shine even brighter. [Oct 2018, p.115]
  2. Sep 19, 2018
    80
    Mountain Man cling to the ordinary, but are able to make it extraordinary.
  3. Mojo
    Oct 3, 2018
    80
    The trio's vocal harmonies have lost none of their warm-blooded magic. [Nov 2018, p.96]
  4. Sep 24, 2018
    76
    Magic Ship cuts a path between beauty and meaning. Though Mountain Man’s radiant harmonies are as pretty as they come, there’s still considerable weight to the shiny package.
  5. Sep 18, 2018
    60
    As the solidity of the term Mountain Man suggests, this band is more stolid. They are the anti-Roches, using the same group of tools for the opposite effect.
  6. Uncut
    Sep 18, 2018
    60
    The austere brand of retro-rustic Americana sometimes sounds overly tasteful, but there are spine-tingling beauties here too. [Oct 2018, p.30]
  7. Sep 26, 2018
    60
    The ones that stand out, like "Slow Wake Up Sunday Morning," "Rang Tang Ring Toon," and "Baby Where You Are," usually have some softly strummed acoustic guitar in the background, but even with accompaniment Magic Ship feels ephemeral. That said, it's understated vibe can be transfixing, and its intimacy disarming.

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