Carry On - Willy Mason
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 90
    Carry On stuns from start to finish and the quality only increases with each repeat listen.
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    There's a layer of gloss and artfulness here that makes Carry On more appealing than whiskery ideas of authenticity. [Jan 2013, p.88]
  3. Dec 11, 2012
    80
    The result is both pensive and romantic, a work filled with vividly poetic snapshots. [Jan 2013, p.79]
  4. 80
    Whatever he does is never less than great, and these 11 songs are no exception.
  5. 80
    Carry On sticks to familiar virtues; Mason's gravelly tones are set to rootsy guitars and Carey exercises a light touch.
  6. Dec 3, 2012
    80
    Carey's gallant use of drum boxes and occasional, restrained glitchy sonics – like on the carousing Pickup Truck and undulating Into Tomorrow – round out Mason's sound, bringing a raft of rousing fresh dimensions to his previously straight-up folksy stylings.
  7. A surprising (if a little sad) return to form.
  8. Aug 28, 2013
    70
    The addition of producer Dan Carey lends a subtle electronic ambiance to the proceedings, one that adds a warm glow to Mason's melancholy tunes and rekindles the raw poeticism of his debut. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.102]
  9. Dec 10, 2012
    70
    Carry On might be the most personal Willy Mason record to date and finds him unafraid to use traditional blues motifs--narrow roads, one-way streets, and fugitives--to fully express himself as a songwriter.
  10. Dec 7, 2012
    70
    The arrangements can be flabby, but what you'll hear at the heart of Carry On is the voice of one of music's great troubadours.
  11. Dec 3, 2012
    70
    Mason's voice is lazier and more monotone than it ever was on the debut (a good thing) but the infectious nuances and off-beat concepts in the music are still not quite at their 2005 levels.
  12. Dec 11, 2012
    60
    The most impressive moments are when he shifts away from his comfort zone. [Jan 2013, p.111]
  13. Dec 3, 2012
    60
    Carry On is a solid, if rarely remarkable work, showcasing an artist maturing at his own pace, and sounding content and comfortable in his form.
  14. 40
    This third album sounds exhausted, worn out rather than careworn.
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  1. Jun 1, 2013
    7
    Willy arrived with his debut album ‘Where The Humans Eat’ and instantly became a folk favourite, his second ‘If The Ocean Gets Rough’ was, forWilly arrived with his debut album ‘Where The Humans Eat’ and instantly became a folk favourite, his second ‘If The Ocean Gets Rough’ was, for me, a little too polished, so I’m happy that his third ‘Carry On’ is a return to the style displayed on the first. It’s still folky but it also has a ramshackle nature about it, the grooves are laid back and reminded me a bit of Simple Kid, weird sections of guitar, feedback and noise haunt the backgrounds of the songs adding to the country picking and his characteristic voice. Apart from the 2 minute bridging ‘Show Me The Way To Go Home’ every track is great and it’s not that that one is bad it’s just over before it starts. ‘Restless Fugitive’ stands out with its folk/reggae meander and ‘I Got Gold’ brings to mind Graceland era Paul Simon. ‘What Is This’, ‘Pickup Truck’ and title track ‘Carry On’ are all strong and it feels like Willy has become more comfortable with his own unique approach allowing the songs to speak rather than the production. There is also a familiarity to the songs, which is a testament to how well they are written that you feel you know them like old friends and can certainly sing-along after only a few listens. ‘Carry on’ is solid album which should keep fans happy while also bringing new ones to the fold. Full Review »