The Brooklyn-based trio creates intensely emotional music, rooted in country, folk, rock and gospel. Three part harmonies never sounded bigger or more passionate. The continuation of a list of the best albums of the past year…

The Lone Bellow – The Lone Bellow

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When the eponymous debut album of The Lone Bellow was released in the early days of February it was pretty apparent that this was going to end up on many “Best of” lists. The trio of Zac Williams, Brian Elmquist and Kanene Pipkin sing with a full throated exuberance that is warm, rich and at times, almost startling. Although many of the songs are born of personal tragedy (Williams’ wife was nearly rendered a paraplegic from a horseback riding accident), they are anything but brooding. There is a recurring theme of plans turned upside down, relationships strained to the breaking point (and beyond), but eventually coming around to acceptance, revival and hard won redemption. Produced by Charlie Peacock (who also produced both of the great albums from The Civil Wars), the sound evokes the intimacy and spontaneity of music made by close friends in a living room.

The Lone Bellow figured out a way to harness the acoustic-rock template being mined by Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and The Civil Wars and add a sense of powerful vocal incandescence… – Holly Gleason, Paste

The Lone Bellow – “The One You Should’ve Let Go”

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The Lone Bellow – “You Don’t Love Me Like You Used To”

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