Ashes and Roses

  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Jun 12, 2012
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Sadly for the listener, this is mostly a collection of one-paced songs more heartbroken than heartbreaking.

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