Blurry Blue Mountain

  • Record Label: Fire
  • Release Date: Nov 23, 2010
Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Mojo
    Dec 16, 2010
    80
    Blurry Blue Mountain is as idiosyncratic and left-handed as ever, pregnant with moments of mercurial magic. [Dec 2010, p.104]
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    If Giant Sand had released fewer great albums, Blurry Blue Mountain would sound something close to miraculous. As it is, it's a worthy addition to a catalogue which was already embarrassed with riches.
  3. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    Rich, detailed, and poetic, Blurry Blue Mountain explores human emotion and the meaning of life like the great writers of old. Gelb has been around a long time, and on the basis of this he will be for a long time to come.
  4. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    The countryesque simplicity of many of these songs only asserts Gelb's standing as an alternative to mainstream country music, whether he likes the position or not.
  5. Dec 15, 2010
    80
    Suffice to say that Blurry Blue Mountain is a lovely, oddly charming record. And in the unlikely event that it doesn't move you, there's a whole heap of past glories just waiting to be discovered.
  6. Dec 15, 2010
    70
    Blurry Blue Mountain is an album full of heart, soul, and wit, and this music confirms that no one does quite what Howe Gelb can do with such remarkably innate grace and feel; Gelb's songs find pretty remarkable things in the odd details of simple lives, and there some very real magic to be found in the elegant force of Blurry Blue Mountain.
  7. Dec 15, 2010
    70
    Blurry Blue Mountain is another late career album that falls in the 'good enough to listen to, not quite hot enough to buy' category. The highlights will bolster their setlists, the rest will clog up your hard drive.
  8. 70
    The actual music on Blurry Blue Mountain, however, is warm and enveloping.
  9. Jan 11, 2011
    69
    If you're willing to make the time, though, Blurry Blue Mountain will repay your attention.
  10. Dec 15, 2010
    67
    Blurry Blue Mountain is a cozy, enjoyable listen-though perhaps a little too long-and Gelb comes off like a cool uncle, happy to nod sagely while we sit around and listen to his stories.

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