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Aoife O’Donovan’s New Record Is Divine

‘In the Magic Hour’ Offers Beautiful Aural Alchemy


Aoife O’Donovan has toured with some of the best-known contemporary folk musicians, including Alison Krauss, The Milk Carton Kids, and Punch Brothers. And with her latest album, In the Magic Hour, she’ll likely become a household name, as well. From the first, crisp guitar strums of “Stanley Park,” O’Donovan reveals listeners are in for an original aural treat. Dynamic melodies and astute lyrics buttress all of the tunes — which fuse folk, rock, and Celtic sensibilities — while O’Donovan’s supple vocals rise and fall over the enchanting sonic landscapes. “Magic Hour,” “Donal Óg,” and “The King of All Birds” stand out in particular, but the album is magic in its entirety.



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