The Harrow & the Harvest is stunning for its intimacy, its lack of studio artifice, its warmth and its timeless, if hard won, songcraft.
~Thom Jurek (allmusic.com)
The Harrow & The Harvest is simply one of the richest, most expansive roots albums to be released in some time.
~Douglas Heselgrave (pastemagazine.com)
My fav song from the album:
|Released||June 28, 2011|
The Harrow & The Harvest is a 2011 album released by American musician Gillian Welch. It was Welch’s first album in eight years and was released on June 28, 2011.
The eight years since the release of 2003’s Soul Journey marked the longest period of time between album releases for Welch. In explaining the relatively long recording absence, Welch said, “The sad truth is we never liked anything enough to put it out, which is not a pleasant place to be.” She added, “over the course of that time that we were quiet we probably had enough songs to put out two or three records. Actually we made a few tentative steps at trying to record, but inevitably the heart would go out of it when we realised that we simply didn’t like the material enough to go on with it.” Welch frequently performed the song “The Way It Will Be” in years prior to the release of the album. Welch explains that this tense time period inspired the album title: “Our songcraft slipped and I really don’t know why. It’s not uncommon. It’s something that happens to writers. It’s the deepest frustration we have come through, hence the album title.” The writing process involved “this endless back and forth between the two of us,” Welch said, stating that “It’s our most intertwined, co-authored, jointly-composed album.”
The Way It Goes (Live Nov. 2011):
All songs written and composed by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.
- “Scarlet Town” 3:38
- “Dark Turn of Mind” 4:07
- “The Way It Will Be” 4:47
- “The Way It Goes” 4:01
- “Tennessee” 6:35
- “Down Along the Dixie Line” 4:49
- “Six White Horses” 3:38
- “Hard Times” 4:52
- “Silver Dagger” 3:23
- “The Way the Whole Thing Ends” 6:11
The Way It Will Be: