1966 - Karen Dalton
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    100
    A few private recordings have surfaced from the early 1960s, but none capture her essence like 1966.
  2. Feb 17, 2012
    87
    Of these three reissues [Cotton-Eyed Joe, Green Rocky Road, and 1966], 1966 is arguably the best, by virtue of the setting itself.
  3. Feb 27, 2012
    80
    1966 is one more piece to a puzzle that will never be complete--which is of course how Dalton herself would have had it.
  4. Feb 17, 2012
    80
    This recently unearth gem from Delmore is a fascinating insight into the creative mind of one of the brightest lights of the Greenwich Village breadbasket circuit, Karen Dalton. [Feb 2012, p.63]
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    80
    Essential to anyone searching for modern folk's head waters. [Feb 2012, p.101]
  6. Feb 2, 2012
    80
    It is an essential document for anyone interested in the provenance of this deeply flawed yet brilliant artist. [#39, p.72]
  7. Feb 1, 2012
    80
    The old-timey accompaniment and Dalton's bluesy vocals perfectly suit Hardin's exquisitely sad songs. [Feb 2012, p.83]
  8. Feb 1, 2012
    80
    Despite the lo-fi nature of the source tape, which was made in an ad hoc manner by a local friend, the sparse setting--just acoustic guitar and banjo--gives Dalton's distinctive voice plenty of room to do its thing.
  9. Feb 1, 2012
    80
    These cuts may be little more than glorified home recordings, but they are more than charming.
  10. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    By turns languidly bluesy and as stark as an oak branch against a February sky, her music is a treasure, and this record fills in a story-line with far too many gaps.
  11. 60
    Roots folk doesn't get more organic than this.

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