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by Craig Bancoff

Craig sounds like Ryan Adams, The Jayhawks, Crowded House and Wilco. His latest album, Eden, is Americana at it's greatest. The music is manic, yet insightful and intelligent both in music and lyrical content.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Crutch
3:05 $0.99
2. Beautiful Lies
2:28 $0.99
3. Somebodys End
3:09 $0.99
4. I Will Love You
3:09 $0.99
5. Waiting
4:11 $0.99
6. St. Anthony
4:31 $0.99
7. The Highway
3:55 $0.99
8. Sleep Sick
3:34 $0.99
9. Everything Left in the World
3:52 $0.99
10. Be Your Ghost
4:24 $0.99
11. Eden
4:22 $0.99
12. Ferris Wheel
3:27 $0.99
13. Orchard Road
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Album Notes

Sounds like:
Ryan Adams, Wilco, The Jayhawks.

Craig Bancoff is getting ready for the release of his newest studio album, EDEN.

Eden. As in the Garden of. The place we wish we could get to. The place that must exist somewhere. Craig's new album takes us to the outskirts of a place called Eden. Its familiar faces and characters you know you have seen but who don't necessarily have a name. As the music in Eden washes over you, Craig's emotion packed delivery is as desperate as it is cathartic. No need for expensive psychotherapy here; just take a listen to some of the tunes on Eden and the endorphins will make your problems melt.

Mix 5 parts Jewish and 5 parts Irish Catholic and you get 13 parts diverse Craig Bancoff. With roots in western Pennsylvania's coal mines, you get the grit and struggles of Springsteen's working man. With his harmonies and dazzling melodies, you get a bit of the early Beatles simple yearning. Throw in Craig's multilayered intelligence and a staunch belief in truth, you get a free trip to this town just outside of where we all wish we could get to…Eden.



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Marni Robbins

Hauntingly Beautiful
I LOVE this album! I can listen to Eden in any mood. When I am feeling happy, I sing along in the car remembering the past, my childhood, Steel Pier on the Boardwalk in the seventies, beautiful places I have been, how the forest feels camping under the stars at night. When I am feeling melancholy, I get lost in the haunting lyrics, I remember the moon over the woods, driving cross country alone on the dusty roads of the Midwest, I think of my grandparents and how much I loved them, and miss them. For me it is impossible to listen to Eden without experiencing a vivid world of imagery. It is the album I keep in my car's cd player and listen to over and over. It is the kind of album you can listen to from beginning to end. How rare is that these days?!? It has it's own pace and rhythm and takes me on a journey through my memories. It is nostalgic and achingly hopeful all at once.

john White

After the Bite
Eden is a beautifully arranged album that fans of lush imagery and down home tonality will simply love. There is a very real sense of authenticity as told through acoustic guitars, violins, and plaintive lyrics sung with the patients of a veteran songwriter. These are ancient stories within a modern setting full of homesick nostalgia and rife with America in era not quite over.

The instrumentation is outstanding without ever becoming self indulgent. The pedal steel is truly haunting and always supports the complex if not always conspicuous melody. The depth of the songs seem to reveal themselves over several listens with the arrangements gently there to reinforce it's veracity.

I admit I'm torn when praising Eden. Not recognizing this album as a wondrous tribute to our deepest questions, sung with an equal part of sadness and equanimity, belies my appreciation of art at a fundamental level. However, to be swept away by it's charm and insight is to admit to sensitivity, pathos and reverence. The honesty of Eden is as distressing as it is glorious yet I'm left craving more.


This is my first review of an album ever! That says something.... It moved me enough to take the time to sign up for a cd baby account and review it. I can listen to this cd over and over again and it never gets old. This album is very refreshing. I have not really enjoyed a new artist in a long time but Craig Bancoff is amazing! I cant wait for what he comes up with next! :)

Abby Allen

Finally some real music...
Listening to Eden is like having a friend inside your head, someone who intuitively understands your pain but is able to express it in a way that is pure, raw, and ultimately empathetic. Craig has a unique gift for transforming these elements of the human condition (pain, ecstasy, and everything in between) into something truly beautiful. Craigs music puts it into words without resorting to cliches or saccharine sweet sentiments. It's raw, it's real. There's a true purity to the stories he tells, and it's extremely rare to find that in today's mass produced pop culture. You can tell that this guy has been through a lot, and I commend him for having the courage to put his soul out there. His album has gotten me through some tough times, and I thank him for that.


I can't stop listening to this album and I can't remember the last time I was this moved by an artist's lyrics, phrasing and vocals. They meld seamlessly with the breathtaking sounds of mandolin and pedal steel that grip your heart and don't let go. It is a worthwhile ride to say the least...


Great Album !
Not a bad song on here definitely moody in the best sense of the word. Eden is a very moving
album, I cant stop listening. It's a great find!


01 mrtCraig Bancoff
Opgeslagen in: RECENSIES — Wiebren Rijkeboer @ 23:42 Een vogelvlucht via Google Earth laat zien dat Merion in Pennsylvania een ruraal stadje is, net ver genoeg van het urbane Philadelphia. Uit dit Merion komt Craig Bancoff, een talentvolle jongeman die ouderwetse muziek maakt. Ouderwets omdat zijn debuut, Eden (Sweetie Records), een hartverwarmende singer-songwritersplaat is boordevol weemoed en verlangen. Je stelt je de melancholieke Bancoff – althans afgaand op zijn gloedvolle, intieme stemgeluid – eenvoudig voor in het landelijke Pennsylvania, temidden van de eens hardwerkende arbeiders in de staalindustrie, die nu overigens vooral werkeloos zijn. Bancoff straalt op zijn Eden eenzelfde arbeidsethos uit, dat van de gewone man, als de jonge Springsteen. Bas en drums zijn altijd het midtempo-fundament van Bancoffs geweldige liedjes, die dan afwisselend versierd worden door pedal steel, mandoline, fiddle, banjo en Hammond. Het is allemaal bijzonder sfeervol en beeldend wat deze Bancoff en zijn band neerzetten; een perfect decor bovendien voor de voortreffelijke songs, waarvan ik Beautiful Lies, The Highway, Be Your Ghost en titelnummer Eden in het bijzonder aanbeveel, zonder de bedoeling die andere tijdloze prachtliedjes tekort te doen. Alleen al op basis van Eden mag Craig Bancoff gezien worden als een groot talent, die in staat moet worden geacht in de nabije toekomst door te breken. Voorlopig hebben we Eden om met volle, volle teugen van te genieten. Eden is verkrijgbaar bij CD Baby.


Can't stop listening, thank you...
I read a very positive review of this album from www.Altcountry.nl and decided to purchase it. I am so grateful that I found that review. This is one CD I will be listening to over and over again. It reminds me of the classics I am always drawn to, Ryan Adams, Wilco etc.

Music Fan

Love it!
This album was recommended to me by someone. I am so glad I got it! I love so many songs on this album. It has a great mood. I would definitely recommend it!!

Duncan RiZe

like being at home
After enjoying the CD itself I actually was going to get a few downloads... I ended up just getting all the tracks and am really happy I did so. I really like this stuff! While Eden is not a concept CD in the old sense it IS a collection of thematically related stories. Each song complete in itself but put them all together and we hear a great example of "the sum of the parts is greater than the whole". The reason Eden is a bit difficult to review/write about is that what his music and lyrics convey are things necessarily expressed in song rather then the written word. And THAT, to me, is what great art is about; using a specific media to convey some of life's realities in ways that ONLY that art could convey it. Craig Bancoff pulls it off... majestically. What a GREAT thing it is to me to find a new favorite artist... I can't wait to hear more. But until that day I'll be quite satisfied to linger in Eden. It's a really good place to be and I love hanging out there.