Carry Me Back

  • Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Jul 17, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Jul 16, 2012
    With all the percolating energy the album delivers, its three most memorable songs are ballads.
  2. Carry Me Back ticks all the boxes: jaunty, soulful, nostalgic without being cloying.
  3. Nov 21, 2012
    It's the achievement of their fourth studio album that this giddy mix hangs together as an endearing whole.
  4. Jul 25, 2012
    With their latest offering Carry Me Back, the banjos are ringin', the mandolins are singing at the speed of a hummingbird's wings, the fiddles are sawed upon with vigor, and the fog of the Tennessee hills calls to all of us.
  5. 80
    Yeah, it's the new OCMS album and, not surprisingly, it's simple and great (and simply great).
  6. Jul 16, 2012
    What's most impressive about the songs on Carry Me Back is that, in composing their original material, OCMS manages to apply their old-timey frame of reference to contemporary issues with subtlety and control.
  7. Jul 16, 2012
    Thought and care are in these songs, and they all fall together in a nice flow.
  8. Jul 17, 2012
    These are also simply the band's finest songs in some time.
  9. Under The Radar
    Aug 22, 2012
    These harrowing tackles of murder, bootleggers and war jangle the heart's cage. [Aug/Sep 2012, p.124]
  10. Jul 19, 2012
    The songs never stray far from the band's wheelhouse, yet they feel energized and impactful.
  11. 70
    Carry Me Back stands as one of the group's strongest efforts to date.
  12. Nov 19, 2012
    A polished set of original songs that stretch their old-timey, southern identity into new shapes.
  13. Magnet
    Aug 23, 2012
    Although the harmonies and pickin-skills are still top-notch, Carry Me Back falls short in songwriting. [No.90, p.59]
  14. Jul 17, 2012
    Carry Me Home, the band's latest, doesn't suffer from a shortage of whimsy, but its surplus of cringe-inducing aw-shucks hokeyness is problematic.
  15. Q Magazine
    Dec 11, 2012
    Carry Me Back feels like a sidestep towards a more traditional sound. [Jan 2013, p.108]

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