Metascore
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Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    The keening askance of his voice, celestial choirs and brittle hesitation of his guitar all speak of terrible demons exorcised, and when that all comes together on Brother or opener Part One: The End, maybe only Josh T. Pearson can touch his pain. [Aug 2012, p.84]
  2. 80
    It's a soulful country stroll, which favors heavily on career building and that is something that Dylan Leblanc is sure doing, and quite swimmingly if I might add. Bravo.
  3. It shows a musical maturity way beyond its creator's years.
  4. Sep 27, 2012
    70
    The country shadings are less obvious, but the mood has darkened, with cinematic strings wrapping themselves around the pedal steel. [Sep 2012, p.80]
  5. Sep 20, 2012
    70
    The follow-up to 2010's Paupers Field, this set plunders the overarching melancholy of Townes Van Zandt, making for an emotionally draining listen.
  6. Oct 2, 2012
    60
    Leblanc doesn't break new ground, but he treads his haunted patch with quiet grace. [Sep 2012, p.104]
  7. Sep 20, 2012
    60
    The atmosphere is eerie rather than unsettling.
  8. 60
    Cast The Same Old Shadow is a more complete work than Pauper's Field, the arrangements fuller and the songs more tightly knit, but it can still be laborious.
  9. Sep 20, 2012
    60
    LeBlanc is clearly too aesthetically skilled to give up on the future. But it doesn't appear he is having fun at present.
  10. Sep 20, 2012
    60
    Cast the Same Old Shadow ultimately crumbles under the weight of its own despondency.
  11. 60
    This is mood music, so little jumps out as the songs melt together. But a little goes a long way.
  12. Sep 20, 2012
    50
    There's definitely real talent with LeBlanc but he needs to forget about having an image created for him and concentrate, as one of his musical heroes Townes Van Zandt might have put on, on writing for the sake of the song.
  13. Sep 20, 2012
    40
    Unfortunately, the result is usually a bit syrupy and mawkish.
  14. Sep 20, 2012
    40
    The album essentially involves wallowing in 45 minutes of one man's competently performed but largely uninteresting catharsis, and there are unlikely to be too many takers either now or in the future unless LeBlanc lowers his lofty ambitions and frankly, chills out a bit.
  15. Sep 20, 2012
    40
    LeBlanc's garbled vocal delivery only serves to obscure weak lyrics.
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  1. Jun 27, 2013
    8
    This is a strong record. We put it on while driving up an endless logging road on the way to the middle of nowhere. Reminds me of Radiohead if they were a country western band. Haunted but in a good way. Full Review »