Anais Mitchell | Hymns for the Exiled

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Hymns for the Exiled

by Anais Mitchell

Spirited, literary, political, quirky and sensual by turns.
Genre: Folk: Political
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1. Before the Eyes of Storytelling Girls
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2. 1984
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3. Cosmic American
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4. The Belly & the Beast
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5. Orion
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6. Mockingbird
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7. I Wear Your Dress
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8. A Hymn for the Exiled
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9. Quecreek Flood
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10. Two Kids
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11. One Good Thing
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Album Notes
" Not since Bob Dylan's early years has a 23 year old songwriter had such power and meaning. "Hymns For the Exiled" comes to us from both sides of a story, here and there, inside and out. With literary aplomb, she gives us footnotes in the artwork, so that we can do our reading and catch up with her. Political and poetic, personal and universal, Anaïs Mitchell's work is my latest obsession. Look for her influence on my future projects." -Jonathan Byrd
" Folk music is in good hands." - Susan Werner

In times of great evil, wearing away under the weight of lies, we need our poets, shamans and truth-speakers most. We need questions raised and idols smashed by ordinary people with extraordinary courage. We need Anaïs Mitchell.
It is rare thing when a songwriter can deliver a powerful political message without compromise to the songs' poetic value. Mitchell's fusion of American roots music with high literary sensibility and broad cultural/political understanding is something new. An enormous presence on the stage, with a mix of girlishness and fierce intellect, Anaïs is utterly disarming. The raw, sweet timbre of her voice and serene picking style draw you in, and her dazzling lyrics keep you there. On "Hymns for the Exiled" she writes from the perspective of an Arabian woman; an American child caught between terrifying reality and anti-terrorist rhetoric; of the cynical political use of the survivors of the Quecreek Flood; of the death of an Austin drummer, and her grandmother's dress.
Raised by a novelist and a community organizer in rural New England, Anaïs grew up listening to Dylan and the Dead, Cohen, Velvet Underground, Joni Mitchell, Ani, Dar Williams and Tori Amos. At 18, she moved to Boston, where she did time at open mikes and the Park St. T station. At twenty, she moved to Austin, where she released her debut album, "The Song They Sang When Rome Fell." The Kerrville Folk Festival honored her work with the prestigious New Folk award in 2003. She recently graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont, with a degree in political science. Anaïs is passionate about the music of her native land, from old-school country to dustbowl labor ballads to rebel rock. Anaïs has spent extensive time in Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East, studying languages (Spanish, German, and Arabic) and international politics, bringing a worldly depth to her writing - which she presents to her audience with a graceful presence of spirit. When asked of her goals, she says, "I want a career as a folksinger." You got it, Anaïs.


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Alex Mcintosh

An excellent offering from one of the bright new stars of folk music. Hopefully we will see her touring in the u.k soon.
Buy the album Phil would

sean marrone`

beautiful voice
i cant keep this out of my cd player. She has a beautiful voice...and the guitars fit the mood perfectly. Shes great.

Jack Griffith

Anais Lee Jones Mitchell II
Sounds like Joni Mitchell singing a Rickie Lee Jones version of songs Bob Dylan wishes he had written. I'm blown away. I seriously wish I had driven 4 hours to Atlanta to hear this live on Sunday. It's not for everybody, but then not everybody knows how to listen. I'm empowered, amazed and humbled in the presence of this CD. I'm thinking of building a pedestal. This should be required listening for the new crop of congressmen. And everybody else. It's like Anna Puccinelli with poetry. I got the last one CD Baby, make more!

Matt Meighan

Fantastic writer, singer and guitar player!
This is a fabulous CD. Anais is one of the very best song writers I can think of, of any age or gender: intelligent, poetic, literary, topical and thought-provoking. Outstanding guitar playing and vocal talent too. Beautiful CD!

Julia Rohan

Vulnerable as an anvil, tough as a bird's feather
The voice of a child with an old soul, this girl's every note and nuance rings true. Melodically rich and lyrically challenging, I was an instant convert. As a singer-songwriter myself, sometimes I wonder if I let my ego get in the way of truly getting into other people's music. But then someone like Anais Mitchell comes along and I realize, no, when it's really brilliant, I only feel a deep and humble joy.


Wonderful, beautiful, smart and funny!
I saw her open for Dar Williams and LOVEd her; this CD is really wonderful. I especially love 1984.

Jean Marie Pearce

Bringing Home and The world into the Same Places
The rainy season has come to Portland Or, and Anais is warming my bones. She says so much for me. Politically and emotionally this music has got to stir anyone who takes a moment with it. I have seen Anais at least three times back home in Vermont and now I have been immersing myself in this album and her latest ( The Brightness) out here. We need are thirsty for someone to articulate where are world is and Anais does it for me.


Still in the CD Player.
This CD is my current favorite. I don't think there is a bad song on it. I usually can find one or two songs on an album that I don't like, but I like all the tracks on this one. My favorites right now are "I wear your dress," "A Hymn for the Exiled," and "Mockingbird." As an aspiring singer/songwriter, I am humbled by the songwriting, vocal, and guitar playing skills demonstrated on this album. I would recommend it to every intelligent person I know... and I think they would all appreciate it.

Steve Hewitt

Yes, contemporary themes with strong instrumentation and a great voice.
From themes of survelance to the strife in the world politics - here is a sweet, sweet voice coming out of the wilderness. Thannk goodness not overproduced - just right.

Kendall Inez

This is a fantastic cd! Bought second copy as gift for my daughter in law.
There is not a bad cut on this cd. Anais is eloquent.
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