We gave it an A-
Welch and fingerpicking genius cohort David Rawlings make ancient-sounding songs that glint with modern dread. After ”O Brother” hit the soundtrack jackpot, ”Time (The Revelator)” moved Welch’s stylistic clock forward; on Soul Journey she further subverts her Walker Evans-style image — what, no retro housedress?! — with aching songs about restless daughters that reference classic soul and pastoral psychedelia. And her smoky Appalachian porch moan has never sounded deeper, realer, or sexier.