Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Shadow simply holds together better than recent Jurado efforts.
  2. Uncut
    80
    There's something curiously inviting about this understated music. [Nov 2006, p.120]
  3. Magnet
    80
    And Now That I'm In Your Shadow finds him at another peak. [#74, p.98]
  4. Where Jurado differs from someone like Jason Molina is in the vibrancy of the actual music.
  5. Jurado does downtrodden and mournful better than most, but concentrated strings of songs about being "restless 'til my death," "sadness in her eyes," and a hotel hospital add up to a tearstained emotional assault delivered with virtually no relief.
  6. While Jurado's records often alternate between vanishing ballads and melancholy pop-rockers, Shadow revolves entirely around the former-- the songs are unstintingly slow, delicate, and sparse to the brink of abstraction.
  7. The feel is late night, on the edge of quiet, and full of pathos.
  8. It’s a minimalist album that builds from the ground up: a voice, a guitar, a piano, maybe a violin.
  9. Individually, the tracks are every bit as good as anything else he’s ever written; as a whole, however, the album is too much of the same thing, as one glum tale follows another.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. madsl
    Dec 4, 2006
    6
    sure, there are some finely crafted, beautifully soothing songs on this latest effort from Jurado, I just think it gets a bit twee and sure, there are some finely crafted, beautifully soothing songs on this latest effort from Jurado, I just think it gets a bit twee and mundane in the long run! Certainly preferable to the mess that was On my way to Absence, but nowhere near as good as his masterwork, Where Shall you take Me. Full Review »
  2. JakeT
    Oct 25, 2006
    9
    This album may be Damien's best. Some of it feels like it's just following classic damien formula, but there is a twist. Songs like This album may be Damien's best. Some of it feels like it's just following classic damien formula, but there is a twist. Songs like the title track and What Were the Chances offer something very new and very good. This album kicks ass! Full Review »
  3. ZacchaeusC
    Oct 23, 2006
    10
    Not since "Ghost of David" has Jurado sounded so skeletal, so essential. Each aching note, each viola moan, each hollow croon seeps into the Not since "Ghost of David" has Jurado sounded so skeletal, so essential. Each aching note, each viola moan, each hollow croon seeps into the marrow of the bones like a black ether. His words are like the forbidden thoughts that make you shudder. Yet, huddled alone in the dusk of my small room--the low, phantom F of the coal train rumbling the walls this old, run-down house--Jurado's music, more than any other this cold autumn evening, makes me feel like I am home. "I am in your shadow" indeed, but it is a private, protected shadow, and I am safe here from the grim caterwaul of the world, just outside my window, over the fence and across the alley. Full Review »