Farmer's Daughter - Crystal Bowersox
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14

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  1. Dec 15, 2010
    10
    Crystal's songs are beautiful and her lyrics are honest and real. I love her melodies and have to say, I really like the songs she writes without anybody else best. I'm looking forward to seeing Crystal's career blossom. I do prefer songs like Holy Toledo, Farmer's Daughter, and Speak Now, that have a folky sound to them. I prefer that to the more country sounding songs but all in all, this is an excellent debut. Expand
  2. Dec 14, 2010
    9
    Despite occasionally treading some pretty unexciting territory, Farmer's Daughter is a very strong debut for Idol's folk-tinged Crystal Bowersox. Her songwriting is honest and thoughtful, a refreshing change from the typical post-Idol fare. Crystal might not blaze up the charts with her old-school sounds, but her future is very bright if this album is any indication.
  3. Dec 18, 2010
    10
    As promised by the end of the show, Crystal brings back the 60s folksy, throw-back music with a up-to-date sound in her debut album "Farmer's Daughter". She explores the different genres in its root-sy forms and puts her trademark soulful grit making the debut one of the most original Americana music currently on the shelves. This CD could actually teach kids about the history of music and how it has evolved to what we hear today, it has that much diversity in it. Moreover it also touches the soul of the listener with also being one of the most personal albums ever put out. Lyrically brilliant songs like Farmer's Daughter and Holy Toledo should garner the attention of the award critics and the whole album just takes us on a journey into the life of an artist who has lived. I give this album an absolute 10/10. Congratulations Crystal! Expand
  4. Dec 23, 2010
    10
    I don't watch American Idol, but a friend urged me to listen to this girl's CD. I'm very impressed. Her song Arlene is worth the price of admission alone - it brings to mind early Lucinda Williams. Excellent work.
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 80
    She has a keen, finely honed pop instinct all her own.
  2. Dec 20, 2010
    60
    All in all, Farmer's Daughter is better than you might expect, which isn't to say it's great. Too many tracks aim straight for the middle.
  3. Dec 13, 2010
    75
    When the production and the outside songwriters stay out of her way, Bowersox expertly works the territory between folk and country.