Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

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Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
Studio album by The Low Anthem
Released September 2, 2008 (original release)
June 29, 2009 (re-release)
Recorded Block Island, RI, Adorea Studio, Hamden, CT, Ouestern Studio Williamsburg, NY, Harlem, NY
Genre Indie folk
Length 42:01
Label Self-release (original version)
Bella Union (UK)
Nonesuch (US)
Producer Jesse Lauter, The Low Anthem
The Low Anthem chronology
What The Crow Brings
Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
Smart Flesh
Singles from Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
  1. "The Horizon is a Beltway"
    Released: December 2008
  2. "Charlie Darwin/To Ohio"
    Released: February 29, 2009
  3. "Champion Angel"
    Released: July 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The AV Club (B)[3]
Drowned In Sound 8/10 stars[4]
The New York Times (positive)[5]
NME 7/10 stars[6]
Paste (90/100)[7]
Robert Christgau (dud) [8]

Oh My God, Charlie Darwin is the third studio album by American indie folk band The Low Anthem, self-released in 2008, and re-released on June 29, 2009 on Nonesuch Records and Bella Union. Upon its re-release, vocalist and guitarist Ben Knox Miller stated that "listening to the record is akin to taking shelter during a lightning storm among nostalgic remnants in a water-damaged church, whose new tenants – rats, owls, stray dogs and snakes – comprise a burgeoning, cacophonous, dog-eat-dog ecosystem."[9]

In 2012, Tom Jones covered the song, "Charlie Darwin", on his studio album, Spirit in the Room.

Writing and composition[edit]

In 2010, Ben Knox Miller noted, "The Darwin record was this record about environmental decay and social de-evolution and the death of morality and all these very grand things."[10]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Charlie Darwin" - 4:33
  2. "To Ohio" - 3:19
  3. "Ticket Taker" - 3:08
  4. "The Horizon Is A Beltway" - 2:51
  5. "Home I'll Never Be" (Jack Kerouac/Tom Waits) - 2:50
  6. "Cage the Songbird" - 4:03
  7. "(Don't) Tremble" - 4:39
  8. "Music Box" - 1:52
  9. "Champion Angel" - 5:34
  10. "To the Ghosts Who Write History Books" - 3:31
  11. "OMGCD" - 2:04
  12. "To Ohio (Reprise)" - 3:42