Behold the Spirit - William Tyler
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  • Summary: The Nashville guitarist who has worked with Lambchop, Silver Jews, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy releases his debut solo album.
  • Record Label: Tompkins Square
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Folk, American Underground, Alternative Folk
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  1. Feb 11, 2011
    86
    These spry melodies and generous arrangements are the stuff of pop fantasy, while the reach of Tyler's music offers calling cards for fans of folk and more textural avant garde pieces.
  2. Feb 11, 2011
    80
    It is, first and foremost, a guitar album, full of extended compositions that display the inventive, intricate embroideries of his fingerpicking.
  3. Feb 11, 2011
    80
    The world is crawling with Fahey-loving acoustic guitar players these days--in large part thanks Tompkins Square--but ones as good as William Tyler are rare.
  4. Feb 11, 2011
    80
    It is by its nature something quite other, that is at once strange and almost unspeakably beautiful.
  5. Feb 11, 2011
    70
    It's rich in talent, even if short on crossover appeal. Tyler is gifted enough to do most anything with his guitar, and he'll move you if you let him.
  6. Apr 4, 2011
    60
    Here Tyler not so much steps out of the shadows as over to a slightly less darkened corner on nine delicately plucked acoustic daydreams that also showcase his talent for arrangements. [Mar 2011, p.94]
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