February 15, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

Voice of Ages

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
The Chieftains
music label
Concord
genre
Folk
We gave it a B

After jamming with Linda Ronstadt and Ry Cooder on 2010’s San Patricio, the Celtic-music legends recruit a younger roster of stars to mark their 50th anniversary on Voice of Ages. The dreamy ”Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies” showcases Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies, while the Civil Wars connect Ireland to Appalachia on ”Lily Love.” Prettier still is classic murder ballad ”Down in the Willow Garden,” featuring the characteristically spectral vocals of Bon Iver. B

Best Tracks:
Mini-epic The Chieftains Reunion
Delicately harmonized Peggy Gordon

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