Division Street - Harper Simon
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Mar 28, 2013
    80
    Only on Just Like St Teresa does the spectre of dad pop up, and on 99 Simon pulls out the kind of effortless, breezy powerpop moments that Evan Dando used to essay at will.
  2. Mar 25, 2013
    80
    Some moments it's hard to ignore how much he sounds like his father, and at times, the genuflection at the altar of Elliott Smith gets a little too doe-eyed and derivative, but the strengths of Simon's songwriting and the atmospheric production keep these concerns in the background of a colorful and evocative bigger picture.
  3. Mar 15, 2013
    80
    There are flashes of greatness here. [Apr 2013, p.110]
  4. Jun 24, 2013
    70
    While Division Street does threaten to dissolve into monotony at around the three-fourths mark, Simon wisely injects some of his more frail numbers and winds up with a triumph.
  5. Mar 26, 2013
    70
    Division Street is Simon’s sweet step into the twilight sun.
  6. Mar 21, 2013
    70
    Division Street finds Simon in the midst of finding his own voice.
  7. Mar 15, 2013
    70
    The fizzing alt.rock of the follow-up sounds like a determined effort to be his own man. [Apr 2013, p.77]
  8. Mar 15, 2013
    65
    His new sound is interesting and may find its own fans, but it's such a strong departure from his last album that it will likely leave his current admirers scratching their heads. [No. 96, p.59]
  9. Jul 15, 2013
    60
    As the set progresses, Simon seems to shore up his resolve.
  10. May 7, 2013
    60
    Simon's songwriting can feel slight but in a dolorously cute way.
  11. Mar 15, 2013
    40
    Simon's songwriting ability is unquestionable, and the similarity with his father's voice is hard to ignore, but his quest to re-imagine Elliot Smith's XO too often gets in the way. [Apr 2013, p.86]

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