Folker

  • Record Label: Vagrant
  • Release Date: Sep 7, 2004
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Under The Radar
    90
    The album is Westerberg at his extremes. [#7]
  2. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Rough-and-tumble folk rock with a winning--if self-conscious--DIY approach. [17 Sep 2004, p.76]
  3. There's a disarming simplicity and artlessness... with an increased emphasis on persistent pop melody over crafty wordplay.
  4. Mojo
    70
    Marks a major leap along the road to recovery. [Nov 2004, p.96]
  5. Folker may not be the definitive answer to devotees' prayers, but it is a notable addition to his oeuvre.
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. May 19, 2016
    9
    Get past the first son and it's the best total Westerberg album. Beautiful turns of phrase, heartbreaking weathered voice ... mature Paul ...Get past the first son and it's the best total Westerberg album. Beautiful turns of phrase, heartbreaking weathered voice ... mature Paul ... letting go of including some hard rockers to please his past. He's let it go and it's outstanding. Full Review »
  2. Mark
    Jan 25, 2006
    8
    It's amazing how much this album grew on me over the course of a year or so. It feels so natural and uncalculated, (forget It's amazing how much this album grew on me over the course of a year or so. It feels so natural and uncalculated, (forget self-consciously ramshackle!), and over time the vocals seem to become clearer, the guitars more purposeful, the melodies more memorable (the drums just as off!). As Far As I Know and What About Mine? are beautifully-conceived songs, but for me it's How Can You Like Him? and Gun Shy that bring about tears of joy that a human being can create and communicate such startling emotion through music. The man is frighteningly good. Full Review »
  3. RobertB
    Nov 16, 2005
    8
    This one is a grower.