Another Country

  • Record Label: Fantasy
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2008
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. It resonates with emotion, tenderness, and a sense that she has found comfort in life and her songwriting that may have been missing before.
  2. Elements of rock, folk, and blues pervade, and producer George Drakoulias (Black Crowes, the Jayhawks) stays out of the way, allowing Merritt’s voice to embody the songs, all 11 of which flow from start to finish, uninterrupted and primed for full-on stardom.
  3. Lyrically, the album is immeasurably more intimate than Merritt’s previous work.
  4. Merritt isn't one of alt-country's most distinctive vocalists; her singing here is wide open and affectless, occasionally to the point of near-anonymity. But instead of making the tunes on Another Country seem forgettable, that quality actually ends up inviting you into the material
  5. Merritt dials back her soul-shouter instinct on her third album, a collection that finds her balancing restraint with the vivid emotionalism that has driven her music from the start.
  6. With its flawless song structures and instrumentation, the album flows seamlessly.
  7. Mojo
    80
    Here her wonderful voice, smooth and warm with throaty twang and unforced power, has free rein to do what it does best on 11 fine new songs. [May 2008, p.111]
  8. Another Country, whether in rock or country mode, is an album built on the voice of its artist.
  9. Another Country is never less than an effortless, inviting listen by an artist who fully deserves to be a major star within her genre.
  10. 70
    The North Carolina native's third album unveils deceptively sharp tales of hearts in distress, implying fierce emotions just under the surface. [Mar 2008, p.106]
  11. There's the occasional splash of lap-steel to appease fans, but not nearly enough for the diehards among them. [29 Feb 2008, p.59]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. GregS
    Mar 17, 2008
    8
    Generally agree with the reviews -- solid songwriting (she continues to improve) and catchy hooks but fewer standouts than Tambourine. Still Generally agree with the reviews -- solid songwriting (she continues to improve) and catchy hooks but fewer standouts than Tambourine. Still a "buy it" for me. Full Review »
  2. HansW.
    Mar 5, 2008
    7
    Not as exciting as Tambourine and more mellow than Bramble Rose, Another Country sounds so effortless that you almost overlook the excellent Not as exciting as Tambourine and more mellow than Bramble Rose, Another Country sounds so effortless that you almost overlook the excellent musicianship -- an album to just sit back and relax to. Full Review »