Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. 70
    James has crafted an envelope of sound to bolster his unique, almost choirboy styled vocals, that's easy to tumble into.
  2. 60
    The range of effects the place has on the folk singer resulted in his most resonant work yet.
  3. Dec 12, 2012
    60
    Joshua James' second release of 2012 is a thoughtful and pleasantly warm collection of songs that are steeped in the sound of Americana.
  4. Dec 17, 2012
    80
    From the Top is a mix of folk and rock and Americana, but James bends them all into new and daring shapes. [Jan 2013, p.95]
  5. Feb 14, 2013
    70
    The biggest complaint about From the Top of Willamette Mountain is that it could have been tightened up a bit more, it’s safe to say that James is an impressive songwriter, a considerable skill to have given how easy it is to churn out singer/songwriter folk these days.
  6. Dec 12, 2012
    60
    [There's] an earnestness that often comes across as maudlin.
  7. Dec 12, 2012
    30
    From the Top of Willamette Mountain sounds more confident than the UK debut he released earlier this year.

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