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  • Summary: The sixth solo release for Yo La Tengo bassist James McNew finds him playing all of the instruments on 13 tracks that veer from style to style but share a certain lo-fi charm. There are ten originals and three covers, including the unlikely album-closing take on Thin Lizzy's "Cowboy Song."
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  1. The ability to make a genuine album -- and not just a collage of songs -- from a wide interest in musical styles is truly what makes this album such a delightful and great surprise.
  2. A very nice slab of pan-generic, lof-fi, yearn-pop. [#231, p.59]
  3. An intelligent brew of bare-bones Casio drumbeats, static-driven guitar lines and widescreen arrangements.
  4. Even while spanning a number of different styles, nothing on A Grown-Ass Man comes off as jarring or out of place.
  5. A remarkably diverse and irresistible collection of songs.
  6. 60
    He slouches in with "Sisters" and begins his album-long teetering on the brink of affectation, sounding like a teenager with restratint. [#59, p.89]
  7. [An] album that, like its predecessors, is as accomplished as it is stunted, waddling wadlessly towards its intentional exile on Cute Island.

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