Gentle Spirit - Jonathan Wilson
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  • Summary: Produced by the singer-songwriter-producer, the album was recorded between tours and other producing jobs on analog tape. It includes Andy Cabic and Otto Hauser of Vetiver; Chris Robinson and Adam McDougall of the Black Crowes; and Brian Geltner, Barry Goldberg, Josh Grange, Gerald Johnson, Gary Louris, and Gary Mallaber as guest musicians. Expand
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  1. Aug 8, 2011
    90
    Everything here is gorgeously sung and this woozy, gently uplifting collection of songs is pretty close to perfect.
  2. Aug 15, 2011
    80
    Wilson specialises in vintage gear, and Gentle Spirit sounds like the product of such equipment--warm, wistful and golden-hued, coated in creamed harmonies--but also, crucially, alive.
  3. As California dreamin' goes, this is almost as good as heading for the hills, reaching for a hand-tooled native American bong and calling yourself Moon Unit.
  4. Aug 19, 2011
    80
    His debut illustrates a more prosaic act of creation, in which fastidious study is transformed into compelling new music. [Aug 2011, p.92]
  5. Oct 28, 2011
    70
    Gentle Spirit is a set of gorgeously detailed folk-rock ambles, most over six minutes long.
  6. Aug 8, 2011
    60
    His debut album (a previous finished collection was never released) skates dangerously close to self indulgent pastiche yet contains some immaculately played gems that possess the definitive crackle of old school analogue tape sessions.
  7. Nov 3, 2011
    60
    The zeal in presenting a glut of music like this is commendably refreshing actually, but in the end Gentle Spirit may be too big for its own good.

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  1. Sep 17, 2012
    9
    A fantastic ablum. I would rubbish the 6 mixed reviews. Then again, music, like
    all art is subjective. I am a fan of general, good music.
    Unless your tastes are
    a bit peculiar I think you will love this album. The Clash Music critique is perfect.
    Uncut is my favourite music magazine and gives it the 2nd biggest rating. The Guardian "Beautiful and Bewitching" also sums this album up. Jonathon Wilson took a long time in writing this album. It is beautifully crafted and superbly written. Laurel Canyon sure has found a new star. The album is oftentimes dreamy and is dotted throughout with great guitar rift's. A must have in the collection for any music lover.
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