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  1. 90
    While it still whispers, this third endeavour works its way into your soul.
  2. 80
    For the most part, Excuses plays like a companion piece to 1998's Out Of Tune--chock full of the lethargic pedal steel and Topanga Canyon-rock cornerstones that make [Neil] Halstead's songs so powerful. However... Excuses leaves room for more delicate moments and patient ballads... [#47, p.108]
  3. 80
    The country-tinged melodies and beautifully simple arrangements combine with the downcast romanticism of singer Neil Halstead's lyrics in a way that is simultaneously inspired and confident.
  4. As tear-soaked and gorgeous as we ever might have hoped.
  5. The difference this time is small but significant, in the overall high quality threshold - from the silken slo-mo waltz of 'In Love With A View' to the listless Dylan-lite stumble of 'She Broke You So Softly', there's not a bum note here. Which is not necessarily a recommendation. Because if you stand too close to these tunes they can seem suspiciously perfect, like a newly painted Wild West movie set.
  6. A melancholy gem of gorgeous, whispery folk and delicate countrified rock.
  7. One of Excuses for Travelers' greatest weaknesses is that the album is too uniformly boring to be affecting in the least.

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  1. donniedarko
    Sep 23, 2004
    10
    one of the best albums ever.