The Milk Carton Kids – The Only Ones

Album Review | Thirty Tigers | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 4/5

Nice to see the Milk Carton Kids back to their stripped down acoustic best, there’s nothing quite like gently played acoustic instruments to bring out the best in close harmony voices. Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have already established the fact that they have two of the most compatible voices on the acoustic music scene and the seven self-penned songs on The Only Ones very much confirms this.

With some tasty guitar licks ala David Rawlings, especially on “I’ll Be Gone” and “I Was Alive”, the duo pepper their songs with a bright and crisp sound throughout, while their voices dovetail effortlessly on each of the songs. There’s an intimate feel maintained, especially on “My Name is Ana”, which you can imagine being performed right there in your room, just for you. The only negative point I reluctantly mention with this release is that it’s a little too short, just 25 minutes, which is no doubt handy for the 10″ vinyl release, but on CD, a bit of a brief encounter, in fact about the size of a pixel.

Choice Track: “I’ll Be Gone” (NSV 490)