Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    70
    While there is something troubling about all this looking back, the music makes it more of a two-sided coin.
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    74
    A Shut-In's Prayer is arguably the strongest album of Owen Ashworth's career thus far, and it arrives at a time when the influence of his former project looms over specific spheres of indie music.
  3. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    It's Thornton Wilder's Our Town divested of optimism, yet retaining that play's twilight feel. [Aug 2012, p.86]
  4. Jul 19, 2012
    90
    Coupling the stark lyrical honesty with the understated beauty of the melodies and instrumentation produces an album that that will stay with you for a very long time indeed.
  5. Jul 19, 2012
    75
    Without sacrificing any of his detailed, anecdotal lyricism or thoughtful keyboard arrangements, Advanced Base managed to construct a record you can play over and over again without feeling so sorry for yourself.
  6. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    The narratives are better developed and there are invariably a couple of lines in each song that hit home emotionally.
  7. It may not be enough to convert those already opposed to Ashworth's minimalist sound, but for the uninitiated, A Shut-In's Prayer should provide a suitable introduction to one of the more interesting songwriters of our time.
  8. Jul 19, 2012
    70
    In a sparse 34 minutes, A Shut-In's Prayer switches tracks, tempos and narrators often enough to feel relatively fresh from start to finish.

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