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  • Summary: The 11th release for the Chicago-based singer-songwriter was produced by Steve Albini.
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  1. Sep 19, 2013
    90
    It's the best album Fulks has ever made, period, and even if you can't quite make out the twister that swept away all that old anger, it's easy to hear the sweet, sad emptiness it left behind. [No. 102, p.56]
  2. Mar 12, 2014
    89
    A pair of trad-style instrumentals, "Snake Chapman's Tune" and "Pacific Slope," underlines Fulks' sublime stylistic mastery.
  3. Aug 27, 2013
    84
    At a time when modern country feels like bloated spandex-and-Aquanetted pop-metal, Fulks defiantly embraces an unflinching traditionalism.
  4. Aug 27, 2013
    80
    The result: an album where he sounds more like himself than ever before. For a guy with nothing left to prove, Fulks sure seems determined to show off.
  5. Aug 28, 2013
    80
    From start to finish, Fulks' pickin' and sly grinnin' helps this set face anywhere but Backward. [Aug-Sep 2013, p.97]
  6. Sep 19, 2013
    80
    There's all kinds of going back on Robbie Fulks' eleventh and maybe finest collection. [Oct 2013, p.95]
  7. Aug 29, 2013
    80
    This is a finely realized album, with a wonderful, you-can-hear-a-pin-drop sound to it, and Fulks' songs are some of the best he's written, showing once again that he has no intention of being anybody's fool.

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  1. Sep 7, 2013
    10
    I'm shocked and embarrassed that I have never heard of Robbie Fulks. I pay attention and listen to a lot of music. Where have I been.I'm shocked and embarrassed that I have never heard of Robbie Fulks. I pay attention and listen to a lot of music. Where have I been. Realistically, I'm sure there are others out there thinking the same thing. If you are, give this record a spin. It's full of rock solid songwriting and insightful wit. Wonderful playing too. I can't stop listening to this and you can bet i'll be searching out his back catalog. Great album. Expand