Blue Rider

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  • Summary: This fourth full-length release for the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter from Louisiana.
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  1. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    This is why Blue Rider is so enjoyable: even while it pulls you in, you’ll still feel like you’re listening to it alone. That might sound like an aloof move by Cale, but it’s really just an expression of that feeling that comes with being en route.
  2. Dec 12, 2013
    80
    Blue Rider excels as a personal document, reflecting on the sweet and hard times (the guitar shifts from lilting picks to snare-like snaps, the other players perfect foils for this back and forth) but it’s also more than that. It’s a document that perfectly represents the plight and joy of the independent musician, of the artist constantly knocking on those gates, hoping for that welcome noise on the other side.
  3. Dec 12, 2013
    79
    Blue Rider is short--eight songs, 35 minutes--but it slows everything down around it while's playing, coaxing half-formed feelings out of their corners and giving them space to exist.
  4. 70
    All in all, Blue Rider is a stirring experience, one that elicits emotions with the most subtle of brush strokes and simplest of sounds.