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Animals in the Dark
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  • Midwestern singer/songwriter William Elliot Whitmore's sound draws on folk, blues, and soul, and on his fourth album, ANIMALS IN THE DARK, he retains the raw, from-the-gut sound of his previous records, despite moving to a bigger label. Whitmore's big, rough voice bears echoes of everyone from Son House to Ted Hawkins, and he consistently sounds decades older than he is, but the spare, acoustic-based arrangements give that outsized voice plenty of room to move. The lyrics plumb the depths of Americana mythology for their imagery, but for all his old-world influences, Whitmore is undeniably a man of his era, and he processes that mythology through a personal filter informed by an intimate-but-contemporary context.
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Spin (p.83) - "[T]hough these stark folk/blues tunes could be a century old, his tales of desperation, death and despair crackle with agitprop punk urgency."

Alternative Press (p.104) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[R]epeat listens yield rich and profound rewards."

Down Beat (p.68) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[R]ugged, tuneful songs on hope, human closeness, government rot and cutting the mortal cord. Clearly feeling the lyrics, he transmits meaning with intensity."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.105) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[O]n ANIMALS IN THE DARK Whitmore and his guitar and banjo look beyond the front porch to tackle both the bigger issues of government and tangling with authority."

Clash (magazine) (p.102) - "[With] full band arrangements and a much expanded palette of textures adn sounds....Whitmore instills the subject matter with a tireless classicism."
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