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  • Summary: The British folk singer-songwriter worked with Steve Gunn, who also produced the album features guest vocals from Bridget St John and a band that includes Nathan Bowles, James Elkington, and Jimy SeiTang.
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  1. 90
    Easily strong enough to act as an ideal entry point to Chapman's extensive discography, and quite likely the veteran's definitive statement, 50 deserves to reap all possible plaudits.
  2. Mojo
    Jan 17, 2017
    80
    Michael Chapman sounds just fine exactly where he is, deep in the knowledge of what is coming, but finally aware of how far he's come. [Feb 2017, p.88]
  3. Jan 17, 2017
    80
    The real magic on 50 doesn’t come from the coterie of younger tyros, but the great buck himself. The frailty of the 75-year-old’s voice (he’ll be 76 when this album comes out) can render homespun parables as biblical portents, in much the same way that Rick Rubin reinvented Johnny Cash as a latter-day Nostradamus.
  4. Uncut
    Jan 17, 2017
    80
    Lush and lively. [Feb 2017, p.29]
  5. Jan 25, 2017
    80
    Chapman’s songs range from bleak to wryly humorous, but they’re dark and lonely at the center, and it’s a pleasure to hear him in such good company, for once, and not alone.
  6. The Wire
    Jan 27, 2017
    80
    At times 50 swerves near to MOR Americana, but Chapman’s guitar playing, the bedding of every track, bristling with thorns, won’t let it. [Jan 2017, p.61]
  7. Jan 19, 2017
    70
    Chapman is an artist who has never had a problem with upending creative expectations, and if 50 isn't the sort of music many of his longtime fans would expect from him, it's also passionate, literate, and the work of an artist who wants to make the most of his late-era career. Not many artists sound this determined and engaged, especially at the age of 75.

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