Ashes and Roses - Mary Chapin Carpenter
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  • Summary: The 12th studio release for the singer-songwriter chronicles the past five years, where she overcame challenging moments in her life including divorce, death in the family, and a serious illness.
  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Country, Country-Folk
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  1. Jul 3, 2012
    80
    Musically and lyrically, it is likely to be among her most enduring recordings.
  2. 80
    All [songs on Ashes & Roses] command attention because of Chapin Carpenter's warm, weathered, unshowily authentic voice which has a kind of peace at its core.
  3. Aug 2, 2012
    70
    The uncluttered folk-rock arrangements and a voice that has acquired a richer Patina since her '90s country hits contribute to the loveliest and most profound album of her career. [Sep 2012, p.74]
  4. Jul 3, 2012
    60
    She places faith in unremitting earnestness. It's often affecting, and draws you in at times, but somewhat smothering in its unrelenting glumness. There's also a paucity of fresh melodies here. This profoundly personal album is unlikely to woo passers-by, but loyal, long-time admirers will adore it.
  5. Jul 16, 2012
    60
    As each of the baker's dozen tracks move at the same pace and are the same relative length (between four and five minutes), the album can fall into a rut. That's a shame because most of the individual cuts have merit. Together, they are less than their parts.
  6. Sadly for the listener, this is mostly a collection of one-paced songs more heartbroken than heartbreaking.
  7. Jul 3, 2012
    40
    She's been treading water artistically for years now, recording and re-recording slight variations on the same polite, coffeehouse-folk album, and Ashes and Roses is just as lifeless as its predecessor.
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