• Record Label: Merge
  • Release Date: Oct 12, 2004
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7

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  1. JSmoke
    Oct 18, 2004
    10
    This cd is an amazing work....subtle flourishes of steel guitar and piano, percussive sweeps, amazing lyrics, and of course, that voice. One of the year's best.
  2. rachelo
    Feb 4, 2005
    10
    Simple rolling melodies humm with a hungry discomfort. Insults and invitations, humbly passive spite, an aggressivly condesending contribution to the very walls he laments about. A beautiful bad dream that is slow to wake.
  3. JasonP
    Oct 18, 2004
    10
    Fantastic. As consistant and all-consuming as Devotion + Doubt. The man continues to evolve as a songwriter, yet plays his strengths with a winning hand.
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77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. There's a swagger about Dents and Shells unseen since Since.
  2. 75
    The songs remain the same: clear-eyed musings on breakups-as-existential-crises. [Dec 2004, p.124]
  3. Dents and Shells is Buckner in top form, using a broad brush to manifest his enigmatic poetics, hallucinatory atmospheres, and melodies that appear and evaporate like breath exhaled onto cold glass.