Amplifying Host - Richard Youngs
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Aug 17, 2011
    80
    Clamber aboard and settle in for a very sweet ride. [Jul 2011, p.55]
  2. Jul 19, 2011
    80
    Alongside Youngs' anxious, distracted acoustic guitar picking, the most characteristic sound of this album is a damaged electric guitar, pealing its mournful, inarticulate song again and again.
  3. Jul 19, 2011
    75
    Most of the album's six tracks begin in the same place, with a blue note bent harshly against Youngs' own meandering arpeggios.
  4. Aug 12, 2011
    70
    The music's measured rhythm and plaintive chords may belie those bright sentiments, but if everything lined up perfectly, this wouldn't be Richard Youngs.
  5. Jul 19, 2011
    70
    It's a great, moving set of songs from one of the few modern songwriters to actively challenge his own preconceptions of his art.
  6. Jul 19, 2011
    70
    Richard Youngs' 11th solo album on Indiana indie Jagjaguwar ditches the keyboards of his recent releases, instead relying on disjointed guitars, eerily overdubbed incantations, and the rich, multihued drumming of Damon Krukowski (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi).
  7. Jul 19, 2011
    70
    As it turns out, music of surprising intricacy and beauty lies within these canvases, but you'd be well advised to consult your musical doctor before opening up fully to them.
  8. Jul 28, 2011
    60
    Youngs' atonal yelpings and the bizarre tangents his big guitar shapes take won't be to the tastes of those who like their music a tad less askew--but acclimatise yourself to Young's off-kilter take and there are some rewards here. [Aug 2011, p.107]
  9. 60
    The music of Amplifying Host blends baked American blues with the ghosts of this island's folk tradition to wonderful effect, especially on 'Tessellations', which is like coming across a bedraggled family cooking beans around a campfire in the tinder-dry ruins of what was once a chocolate-box timber-framed cottage.
  10. Jul 19, 2011
    60
    If Paris, Texas concerns itself with flat desert landscapes then Amplifying Host makes the sea its home, with a too-steady rhythm always threatening to halt the potential for a clear reflection on the infinite horizon.

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