Soul Journey

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Soul Journey
GillianWelch SoulJourney.jpg
Studio album by Gillian Welch
Released June 3, 2003 (US)
Recorded ?
Genre Country music, bluegrass music
Length 39:07
Label Acony
Producer David Rawlings
Gillian Welch chronology
Time (The Revelator)
(2001)Time (The Revelator)2001
Soul Journey
The Harrow & The Harvest
(2011)The Harrow & The Harvest2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Mojo 5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.1/10)[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
Stylus B+[8]
Uncut 4/5 stars[9]

Soul Journey is the fourth studio album by Gillian Welch. As with all of her previous releases, it is a collaboration with David Rawlings.

In their preceding work, Time (The Revelator), Welch and Rawlings had experimented with using only acoustic guitar and banjo as accompaniment. With Soul Journey, they return to the more diverse and modern instrumentation of their early work, employing electric guitar, organ, and drums. As with Welch's other works, a strong American roots influence can be heard. This is perhaps most clear on the track, "No One Knows My Name", which borrows the melody from the Carter Family classic, "Motherless Children" and in Welch's reading of the traditional, "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings unless otherwise noted.[10]

  1. "Look at Miss Ohio" – 4:16
  2. "Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor" (traditional with additional lyrics by Welch) – 2:45
  3. "Wayside/Back in Time" – 3:28
  4. "I Had a Real Good Mother and Father" (traditional with additional lyrics by Welch) – 3:14
  5. "One Monkey" – 5:36
  6. "No One Knows My Name" – 3:16
  7. "Lowlands" – 3:19
  8. "One Little Song" (Welch) – 3:12
  9. "I Made a Lovers Prayer" – 5:03
  10. "Wrecking Ball" – 4:56[11]



Year Chart Peak position
2003 Billboard Top Heatseekers [12] 1
2003 The Billboard 200 [12] 107
2003 Billboard Independent Albums [12] 3
2003 FolkDJ-L Folk Radio Airplay [13] 5
2003 UK Albums Chart [14] 65


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blender review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Mojo review
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ Q review
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review
  8. ^ Stylus review
  9. ^ Uncut review
  10. ^ Johnson, Zac. Gillian Welch: Soul Journey at AllMusic. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  11. ^ Todd Kennedy Hitting the American Highway: The Ontology of the Hobo-hero - 2007 "Welch's exposition of a feminine hobo-hero is perhaps most evident by Soul Journey's final song, "Wrecking Ball," in which she almost seems to be responding to Dylan's description of feminine loss when, like Dylan, she rambles and croons in ..."
  12. ^ a b c Gillian Welch entry at Allmusic
  13. ^ FolkDJ-L Top albums of June and July 1998; the album held the number 5 position for 2 months
  14. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 595. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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