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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 25 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 1 out of 25

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  1. Jul 31, 2012
    8
    Probably the most mellow and gentle of the American Recordings albums. I always got a feel of defiance from volumes III and IV but on V it's almost as if the man in black is resigned to his fate as this point. The fire is almost doused here. This style suits the songs picked for this record - a lot of them have a very delicate feel to them, mirroring the state of the singers health at this point. Free from the chain gang now.... another fine piece of work that fits in well with his American series and a suitable farewell from a legend. Expand
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82

Universal acclaim - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
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  1. The songs have a measured, elegiac intensity, the sound of musicians choosing their notes carefully and making just the right choices.
  2. 70
    Some selections are heartwrenching... But others bear the stain of sentimentality, denial, even exploitation. [Jul 2006, p.98]
  3. Virtually every song sounds like a leave-taking, though the overall mood is reflective and restrained, in places almost easy-going.