All We Grow - S. Carey
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  • Summary: Justin Vernon was so impressed with Sean Carey's ability that he was invited to be a part of Bon Iver's touring band. Now comes Carey's solo debut album recorded at his own home and Vernon's studio in Wisconsin.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
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  1. All We Grow is not an album for instant gratification, nor is it an album to relegate to background music. Rather, this is a record to study and indulge yourself in--it deserves every bit of your attention.
  2. 80
    Like Arthur Russell, he marries such influences [of Steve Reich and Terry Riley] with an off-kilter pop sensibility. [Oct 2010, p.87]
  3. This is intimacy on a purely aural level, the ultimate headphones album.
  4. Not every song achieves such effortless drama. At times, Carey comes across as more a student than a master. He has obviously consumed a tremendous amount of music, but he hasn't fully digested some of his influences.
  5. It's also nice to hear vocals like Carey's which gently suggest a Brian Wilson sense of harmonizing instead of fully pushing the point--refreshing given so many of Carey's compatriots in indie-leaning rock music.
  6. Listening to the work heard here, it may be a bit premature to file Carey's work beside some of the musical touchstones suggested by his record label's press corps (Bill Evans, Talk Talk), but it does suggest a good start and a solid grasp of the spaces that can be created by music.
  7. It's a solid enough effort to merit hope for better things in the future is pretty good for us, too.

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  1. May 1, 2012
    9
    This is a truly superb album. Similar to, but for me better than Bon Iver's For Emmaâ