Barchords

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. May 2, 2012
    90
    Barchords is an enormously likeable set of songs... ranks as one of the most refreshingly direct and enjoyable albums of the year so far.
  2. 80
    His British debut is a gem: a warm, sun-dappled record with an appealing snag of heartache.
  3. May 3, 2012
    80
    These are simple, blissful songs which offer more with every listen.
  4. Feb 14, 2012
    80
    At once spacious and intimate, Barchords is an album as suited to a brief romance as it is to a long drive.
  5. 80
    What makes Bahamas worth a listen is the soulful pairing of glowing, slow-building melodies and sun-kissed songs.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 8, 2012
    80
    There's a striking purity to this record. [Mar 2012, p.79]
  7. Feb 8, 2012
    80
    This time around, though, female backing vocals add interest and drama to what is essentially a rich batch of breakup songs that somehow leave you feeling good.
  8. Feb 7, 2012
    80
    Intimate without being voyeuristic, and approachable without being patronizing, sparse without being cold, Barchords manages to balance all of these elements beautifully, merging plaintive folk and bluesy soul with just enough pop to make the whole thing go down smoothly.
  9. Mar 15, 2012
    78
    Barchords plays as the rare album that simultaneously lifts and pummels.
  10. Feb 16, 2012
    70
    Jordanian remains pleasantly understated as a frontman, letting his voice and knack for raw melodies take the focus.
  11. 70
    Ultimately, the album's roomy sound and well-observed sentiments come across as byproducts of lived experience rather than of an extensive vinyl collection.
  12. Feb 10, 2012
    68
    Barchords is too subtle to change the world, but it will turn your head.
  13. Feb 8, 2012
    63
    Jurvanen's restraint can be winning when it's not taken too far.
  14. Q Magazine
    Oct 12, 2012
    60
    The winter to Johnson's eternal summer. [Jul 2012, p.95]

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