The Welcome Wagon – Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices

By Carter Fraser on June-10-2012 | Filed under Reviews | Tags : , , , , | Share

The Welcome Wagon – Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
Score: 3/5Score: 3/5Score: 3/5Score: 3/5Score: 3/53
3.9 (7 votes)

Artist: The Welcome Wagon (Spotify)
Title: Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
Label: Asthmatic Kitty
Release Date: 6/12/12
Reviewer: Carter Fraser

Tracklisting:

  1. I’m Not Fine
  2. My God, My God, Parts 1 & 2
  3. I Know That My Redeemer Lives
  4. Rice and Beans (But No Beans)
  5. High
  6. Remedy
  7. Would You Come And See Me In New York
  8. My Best Days, Parts 1 & 2
  9. Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending
  10. Draw Nigh
  11. The Strife Is O’er
  12. God Be With You Til We Meet Again
  13. Nature’s Goodnight

For anyone that has questions about Sufjan Stevens’s faith after his last album, know that he’s certainly not hesitant to release something strongly Christian through his label Asthmatic Kitty. Sufjan has taken on a lesser role on Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices than he has previously (he produced The Welcome Wagon’s first album), but his fingerprints still seem to be all over this release. The husband-and-wife duo of Vito and Monique Auito are heavily influenced by Sufjan’s earlier material, with airy chamber pop melodies and subtle arrangements galore. Precious Remedies is left mostly experimental and unfocused, however, and for the better; it’s an incredibly easy listen with few-to-no hiccups along the way.

The Welcome Wagon’s effortless and genuine quirkiness is refreshing. The couple trades vocals from song to song, with Vito sounding remarkably like Sufjan Stevens in annunciation and cadence. Monique’s vocals are wispier and more aesthetic, finding great success in songs like the 7+ minute “My God, My God, Parts 1 & 2,” which gracefully wanders through its length with the aid of a strong, choral arrangement. Mellow tracks such as this one make up a decent portion of Precious Remedies, with the other cuts being vaguely silly, simple folk numbers like “Rice and Beans (But No Beans),” “Remedy,” and “God Be With You Til We Meet Again,” which bring some of Danielson’s more subdued moments to mind. All of this is made possible by The Welcome Wagon’s modest, worshipful lyricism that ties together their indie folk foundations, subtle bluegrass influences, and baroque arrangements. By not seeking to go beyond their limits or aiming for the grandiose heights of their peers, The Welcome Wagon manage often to feel more comfortable and relaxed than their peers as well.

Overall: Sweetly simple, Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices is engrossing enough to satisfy any indie folk enthusiast. While there’s no strong statement to be found, this duo still manages to wear the right influences on their sleeves to emerge creatively as a lightweight standout.

RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Josh Garrels, Danielson, David Crowder Band, Timbre

The Welcome Wagon - Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices, 3.9 out of 5 based on 7 ratings

Click here to list all the current reviews by Carter Fraser

About the author Carter Fraser

I'm a student originally from Arlington, TX, but currently residing in St. Louis, MO. I enjoy music, going to concerts, playing and watching baseball, working with my hands, fishing, art, Minecraft, and sleeping/eating/other necessary activities for life. Long walks on the beach are acceptable as well. View all posts by Carter Fraser

9 Responses to 'The Welcome Wagon – Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices'

  1. JoeyLJ says:

    OH man, so excited for this. Their last album is one of the greatest surprises in a long time, if this is even half as good, I’ll enjoy it.

    Thanks for the review!

  2. jim says:

    the review says spotify, but spotfy says the album is unavailable. oh, it comes out tomorrow. guess i’ll wait till the. I’m also waiting on the new Rocket Summer. its been out almost a week, but theres still just the 3 song preview on spotify. I’m paying 10$ a month to listen on my iphone, i’m wondering if its worth it…

  3. I loved the first album but I had no idea this was even coming.. thanks for making my day.

  4. Josh Hamm says:

    I’ve always liked The Welcome Wagon, but I just don’t love any of their music.

  5. jim says:

    it still says this album is not available. it lists all the tracks, but I can’t play them. whats the deal?

  6. jim says:

    happy now

Comments closed.

SEARCH

HOT RIGHT NOW

Exclusive: Jeremiah Daly Music Video Premiere

Exclusive: A Common Goal – Where Do We Go

Exclusive: False Idle – The Cavalry

RECENT COMMENTS

REVIEWS | INTERVIEWS

IVM POLL

  • When it comes to getting music I only...

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Polls Archive