With all the attention focused on the rising free-folk scene its a perfect time for the return of Charalambides. "A Vintage Burden," comes out this week on Kranky records and its a definite return to form for the group. Sparse folk-blues songs that ache with the kind of conviction that many current revivalists can only hope to achieve. Christina and Tom have returned to a lighter feeling reminiscent of their earlier records. Chistina's vocals wrap around the record like a knit blanket but still can't steal the spotlight from the 17 minute plus sprawl of bottleneck blues that Tom Carter lays down on 'Black Red Blues.' Certainly one of their best albums to date and just in time to teach a few lessons. Checkout these tracks from "A Vintage Burden"