Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

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Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
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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 chronology
What The Crow Brings
(2007)What The Crow Brings2007
Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
(2008)
Smart Flesh
(2011)Smart Flesh2011
Singles from Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
  1. "The Horizon is a Beltway"
    Released: December 2008
  2. "Champion Angel"
    Released: July 2009
  3. "Charlie Darwin/To Ohio"
    Released: September 28, 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 80/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. 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 second 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Oh My God, Charlie Darwin by The Low Anthem". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "The Low Anthem: On My God, Charlie Darwin". 7 July 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Album Review: The Low Anthem - Oh My God, Charlie Darwin". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "New CDs". The New York Times. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  6. ^ NME.COM. "Album review: The Low Anthem - 'Oh My God, Charlie Darwin' - NME.COM". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  7. ^ "The Low Anthem: Oh My God, Charlie Darwin". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: low anthem". Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Low Anthem :: The AD Interview". Aquarium Drunkard. 2009-06-30. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem goes into the great wide open". The A.V. Club. 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2012-06-14.