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    Punch Brothers' "Antifogmatic" Proves "Celebratory, Joyful" (American Songwriter), "Warm and Welcoming" (A.V. Club)

    Punch Brothers' new album, Antifogmatic, earns four stars from American Songwriter magazine. Reviewer Jason Peterson focuses on the album's upbeat appeal, describing it as "a more celebratory affair" than its "more introspective" predecessor, 2008's Punch. "This celebratory, joyful feeling permeates the interplay between each of the band’s virtuoso members," Peterson writes. "Much has been written about Punch Brothers’ musical prowess, and all of it is warranted. It is clear that the time spent playing together in support of Punch has only tightened their playing as a band."

    The review draws particular attention to contributions from band members Chris Thile and Noam Pikelny, which "elevate the record to new heights in bluegrass, newgrass, or whatever kind of grass is being used to describe their sound." Nonetheless, Peterson recognizes the wholly collaborative effort that went into creating the album and the positive impact this had on the music.

    "Although Punch Brothers’ musical chops stand on its own," Peterson says, "Antifogmatic also delivers quality songs," with "hummable melodies that stick with you."

    Read the complete review at americansongwriter.com.

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    The A.V. Club says the group's genre-busting stylings have created in Antifogmatic an album "as warm and welcoming as the bracing 19th-century drink that gave it its name." Reviewer Genevieve Koski recognizes producer Jon Brion's influence and credits him with having injected "some of his pop sensibility into the songs without stripping them of the flourishes that make them so compelling." Echoing American Songwriter's appreciation of the album's celebratory feel, Koski says it is "ultimately, Punch Brothers’ sense of camaraderie and whiskey-soaked outlook" that makes "the album so inviting." Read the review at avclub.com.

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Punch Brothers' "Antifogmatic" Proves "Celebratory, Joyful" (American Songwriter), "Warm and Welcoming" (A.V. Club)

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Punch Brothers' Antifogmatic earns four stars from American Songwriter, which says the album's "celebratory, joyful feeling permeates the interplay between each of the band’s virtuoso members ... Antifogmatic also delivers quality songs [with] hummable melodies that stick with you." The A.V. Club says "Antifogmatic is as warm and welcoming as the bracing 19th-century drink that gave it its name."

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Punch Brothers' new album, Antifogmatic, earns four stars from American Songwriter magazine. Reviewer Jason Peterson focuses on the album's upbeat appeal, describing it as "a more celebratory affair" than its "more introspective" predecessor, 2008's Punch. "This celebratory, joyful feeling permeates the interplay between each of the band’s virtuoso members," Peterson writes. "Much has been written about Punch Brothers’ musical prowess, and all of it is warranted. It is clear that the time spent playing together in support of Punch has only tightened their playing as a band."

The review draws particular attention to contributions from band members Chris Thile and Noam Pikelny, which "elevate the record to new heights in bluegrass, newgrass, or whatever kind of grass is being used to describe their sound." Nonetheless, Peterson recognizes the wholly collaborative effort that went into creating the album and the positive impact this had on the music.

"Although Punch Brothers’ musical chops stand on its own," Peterson says, "Antifogmatic also delivers quality songs," with "hummable melodies that stick with you."

Read the complete review at americansongwriter.com.

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The A.V. Club says the group's genre-busting stylings have created in Antifogmatic an album "as warm and welcoming as the bracing 19th-century drink that gave it its name." Reviewer Genevieve Koski recognizes producer Jon Brion's influence and credits him with having injected "some of his pop sensibility into the songs without stripping them of the flourishes that make them so compelling." Echoing American Songwriter's appreciation of the album's celebratory feel, Koski says it is "ultimately, Punch Brothers’ sense of camaraderie and whiskey-soaked outlook" that makes "the album so inviting." Read the review at avclub.com.

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