surely one of the most anticipated follow ups in recent times? amazingly, 3 years after their debut, seattle’s baroque-folk-pop outfit have pulled another classic out of the bag. robin pecknold & co have again drawn influence & inspiration from the mid 60s / early 70s, folks like peter, paul & mary, bob dylan, the byrds, neil young, judee sill, ennio morricone, the zombies, smile-era brian wilson, roy harper, van morrison (‘astral weeks’ was a particular influence), john fahey, trees & many others. it's a synthesis of folk rock, traditional folk & psychedelic pop, with an emphasis on group vocal harmonies that leans on country music a bit more, employing slide guitar on a number of songs. focusing heavily on rhythm & groove, many new instruments are introduced, lending enigmatic flourishes to individual songs. a timeless masterpiece! “the great american adventure to end them all…a glorious harvest” 5/5 instant classic – mojo, “what's most impressive about this follow-up is the way that the group manage to make giant strides creatively without jettisoning their core sound” 5/5 – independent, “almost laughably beautiful” 4/5 – guardian.