Track of the Day: ‘The Way it Goes’ by Gillian Welch

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Gillian Welch might be “the pretender” according to the title track of her breakthrough third album, 2001’s remarkable Time (The Revelator), but she’s really one of the most consistently great roots/bluegrass/alt-country artists of the last two decades. Her lyrics are unparalleled in depth and attention to detail, and the close harmonies of musical partner David Rawlings never fail to add an emotional punch. In the eight years since 2003’s solid Soul Journey, Welch has worked with Rawlings on his material, as well as collaborating with less likely acts (including the Decemberists, on their latest album), but she’s finally back with her fifth solo record, the predictably excellent The Harrow and the Harvest. The darkly funny “The Way it Goes” is as upbeat as the album gets, so relish it:

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