9th Ward Pickin' Parlor

  • Record Label: Vanguard
  • Release Date: Feb 14, 2006
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  1. GenevieveM
    Apr 11, 2006
    8
    I find this album quite enjoyable. Knowing the story of the making of this album and the cover name makes it even more enlightening. Shawn just keeps going..........gotta love it!
  2. MarkB
    May 12, 2006
    5
    Whether or not Shaun is talented, he can't get it across on his albums. It is boring tired music, great for background ambience at a Senior's rec center.
  3. GavinS
    May 3, 2006
    2
    Shawn is a talented musician who just can't seem to cut an album that doesn't present as dull, contrived and too meticulously crafted. I've met Shawn and he came across much like his albums do- it's not so much, "Here's who I am", but more, "Here's who I want you to think I am." He works hard to put out a persona of a working-class, southern Springsteen, Shawn is a talented musician who just can't seem to cut an album that doesn't present as dull, contrived and too meticulously crafted. I've met Shawn and he came across much like his albums do- it's not so much, "Here's who I am", but more, "Here's who I want you to think I am." He works hard to put out a persona of a working-class, southern Springsteen, telling people, "I know what it's like because I'm just one of you," but in truth, he's not. Also, his songs might resonate with an older crowd, but they fall flat on younger ears. I caught his Portland show, and at 38 I was one of the youngest people there. I will say he is better live than in the studio. My friends and I have played "guess that lyric" with some of Shawn's tunes and it Expand
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. A surprising delight.
  2. Uncut
    60
    Mullins is a solid, occasionally platitudinous songwriter whose rustic tales don't approach the wry, wise gifts of similar artists like Johns Prine and Hiatt. [Mar 2006, p.88]
  3. Mojo
    70
    This is fine singer-songwriter Americana, particularly good on the ballads. [May 2006, p.100]