Fully Qualified Survivor - Michael Chapman
Metascore
96

Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 22, 2011
    100
    Folk-rock masterpiece of quietly influential Northern miserabilism. [May 2011, p.80]
  2. Mar 24, 2011
    90
    This gorgeous 1970 folk-blues masterpiece teams a gnomic songwriter from Leeds with David Bowie's future guitarist (Mick Ronson), and Elton John's future producer (Gus Dudgeon) and string arranger (Paul Buckmaster).
  3. Mar 24, 2011
    90
    It digs deep into emotional territory by way of tight, almost suffocating songwriting and killer arrangements, making this one of the defining Brit folk-rock albums of the period. It holds up well in the 21st century as a true testament to the excellence of Chapman's craft.
  4. Mar 24, 2011
    90
    It's heartfelt. It's dark. It's intricate but immediate, rocking but lush. It does all those things at once, and it does them better than most artists could hope to do any one of them.
  5. Mar 24, 2011
    90
    As expected, the album's highlights are its patient explorations.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 27, 2011
    10
    Fully Qualified Survivor is one of those albums that make you wish that you had discovered it twenty years ago. Songs here remind me of early Bowie and John Martyn and even Astral Weeks, but the overall impression is of a distinctive voice lost in the music. Committed. Gorgeous and layered. I listened to it yesterday on the South Downs in the sunshine and Fully Qualified Survivor sounded timeless and, at times, magnificent. Full Review »