A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart

  • Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: Apr 23, 2013
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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Nov 23, 2015
    9
    Bill Ryder-Jones is possibly one of the most underrated songwriters and musicians of this generation, one who has been, up until this point, relegated to relative obscurity, and it is this fact that makes A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart (and its predecessor, If...) all the more special of a listening experience. You really feel that you're at the grassroots level of discovering somethingBill Ryder-Jones is possibly one of the most underrated songwriters and musicians of this generation, one who has been, up until this point, relegated to relative obscurity, and it is this fact that makes A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart (and its predecessor, If...) all the more special of a listening experience. You really feel that you're at the grassroots level of discovering something truly astounding; a man who deals with his frailty and introversion through the strength of his music. This is not an album of singles, but one that needs to be taken as a whole to maximize its appreciation. From Hanging Song to A Bad Wind pt 2. it is a very worthwhile journey into the mind of a truly great emerging artist; one you will absolutely enjoy if left open to the experience. Expand
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    80
    The performances all across the album fairly ooze quality and what might be called good taste, from the hushed, tasteful drumming to the gentle piano and acoustic guitar that dominate the album.
  2. May 7, 2013
    52
    What’s most disappointing about the album is how Ryder-Jones has almost completely abandoned taking any sonic risks. His vocal is dulled and rasping throughout, and the songs never blossom like those on If..., seemingly hamstrung by his limited range.
  3. Apr 22, 2013
    80
    Measured, melancholy, and mysterious, Jones' debut as a singer/songwriter is as subtle as it is striking, skillfully marrying the sedate melancholy of Elliott Smith with the sly, darkly comic lyricism of The National.