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Samantha Crain
You Had Me At Goodbye

Oklahoma sweetheart Samantha Crain treating us to her fifth album already. It’s like somebody made thoughtful upbeat indiepop-folk and that somebody was Samantha, because that's what she did. The album has a slight Western-sound to it, perhaps due to Mountain Goats-producer John Vanderslice’ production work, lending it an authentic feel. She had us at You Had Me At Goodbye. 

Samantha Crain
Under Branch & Thorn & Tree

Samantha Crain sings and songwrites a music that feels firmly grounded in a pastoral landscape: this could indeed have been played Under Branch & Thorn & Tree. Arrangements involve prominent fiddle and acoustic guitar, always subtly constructed, and Crain’s vocals have a rich grain to them. On Full Time Hobby.

Samantha Crain & The Midnight Shivers
Songs in the Night

My old man used to say there could never be enough country music. I used to say he was a fool. Then we discovered Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers, although my father argues she leans more toward the folk side of things rather than 'true country', which is fine by me. Old fool. Eventually we just agreed that some music is plain pretty.
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Samantha Crain
You (Understood)

A smattering of banjo (not played by Sufjan or someone with Mumford in their name, either), winter-chilled drums and a barrel-full of Southern vocal twang injected into every other lyric: Samantha Cain's 2010 record You (Understood) is plaintive country rock for the plaintive country-dwellers. It's getting a reissue now with bonus tracks that emphasise its cosy, barn-produced aesthetic.