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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

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  1. NeilG
    Jun 30, 2004
    9
    This record defies the diminishing law of returns and reveals more inventiveness with each extra listen. Jim White shows signs of influences throughout the course of this record but never at the expense of his own maverick imagination.
  2. ChrisE
    Jun 4, 2004
    9
    If you liked "O" by Damien Rice (and who in the world didn't?)... you'll dig this cd a lot!
  3. PaulF
    Aug 18, 2004
    7
    I bought this album in the deliema of buying an album that I was less informed about. In the long run I was dissapointed, expecting it to be great after hearing the first track "Static On the Radio". The album is ominous at times and playful, in a novelty sort of way, at others. Overall it is not a bad album but I think it could of been better, with less effort.
  4. NickD
    Aug 23, 2004
    10
    I bought this on the back of hearing track two "Bluebird", thinking it was going to be this lush but ominous occasionally experimental folk album. Oh, how pleasantly wrong :D The Guardian's comments sum it um, White's got a penchant for the sounds of cool jazz through a modern spectrum of sounds. White's husky voice reads some fantastically raw and visceral lyrics, and all I bought this on the back of hearing track two "Bluebird", thinking it was going to be this lush but ominous occasionally experimental folk album. Oh, how pleasantly wrong :D The Guardian's comments sum it um, White's got a penchant for the sounds of cool jazz through a modern spectrum of sounds. White's husky voice reads some fantastically raw and visceral lyrics, and all the guest spots are fine. Great tracks abound, like Static On The Radio, The Girl From Brownsville Texas and Phone Booth in Heaven, but the stark reality of hope/failure in the gorgeous Bluebird clinches it for me. Collapse
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Uncut
    80
    With its smoothing of rough edges, it's likely this record will split opinion, but there's much to admire for those--like its creator--willing to burrow. [May 2004, p.107]
  2. Rolling Stone
    60
    White covers much the same ground... but it's a testament to his mastery of Southern-gothic atmosphere that his banjo, melodica and pedal steel musings on Jesus and haunted love never fail to raise goose bumps. [24 Jun 2004, p.177]
  3. Under The Radar
    60
    Isn't intense enough to demand listener attention, isn't wandering enough to be hypnotic, and isn't melodic enough to be immediate. [#7]