Changing Horses

  • Record Label: ATO
  • Release Date: Feb 3, 2009
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The album really comes into its own when soft and subtle songs.
  2. There's a charmingly tossed-off quality to the entire set, whose 10 songs frequently deal with women and their troubled men.
  3. 60
    Changing Horses' Americana journey is hardly inventive, but Kweller's boyish charm and quirky songwriting keep it more promising than predictable.
  4. Uncut
    60
    Kweller keeps his melodies clean and his arrangements simple, frequently teaming pedal steel or dobro with his acoustic guitar. [Mar 2009, p.91]
  5. The 27-year-old can write killer tunes, and his voice is sweet-guy inviting. There’s a masterpiece disc in him yet, but this still isn’t it.
  6. While I certainly can't hold it against Kweller for trying something different and playing dress-up with a Nudie suit, Changing Horses nonetheless finds his half-assed over-countrification and half-assed under-countrification to be equally ineffectual.
  7. He’s nodded to his Texas roots before, but on this collection meant to play up his twangy side, he seems scared of edging too far into the darkness of country music’s long, rich tradition. And what a shame.
  8. Under The Radar
    40
    Changing Horses crams its few memorable moments onto the back half of the album. But its not enough to compensate for the lack of creatvity and foced nature of most of the disc. [Winter 2009, p.72]

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