Harlem River - Kevin Morby
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  • Summary: The debut solo release for the Babies singer/guitarist and Woods bassist was produced by Rob Barbato.
  • Record Label: Woodsist
  • Genre(s): Singer/Songwriter, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Jangle Pop
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Dec 3, 2013
    80
    Harlem River is a journey worth taking and an excellent debut from an emerging singer/songwriter.
  2. Feb 27, 2014
    80
    The charms of Harlem River are hard to explain, as this record thrives on a certain groove, a certain verve, that makes it an overall pleasure to listen to.
  3. Dec 3, 2013
    78
    With Harlem River, Morby shuffles forthright, his sanguine tone assuredly focused on the cathartic inertia of travel.
  4. Dec 3, 2013
    70
    After listening for a third or fourth time, I started thinking of these songs as snapshots, not stories. Just flashes of narrative. All feeling. I started to hear the heart of Kevin Morby’s New York, and it sounded familiar.
  5. Dec 3, 2013
    70
    Morby largely succeeds at taking us on his journey.
  6. 65
    Harlem River sees Morby’s melancholic discomforts through a refreshingly soft lens.
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  1. Aug 15, 2014
    10
    This album has allowed me to become deeply enthralled with Kevin Morby's voice and guitar style. It conveys his methodical yet melodic sound, which on the surface might seem slow but which really contains deep pockets of blooming harmony and rapid pace changes that catch you pleasantly by surprise. The title track, Harlem River, is the spookiest on the album, with hauntingly soft crooning and confident, repetitive guitar. Miles, Miles, Miles is a faster paced track that highlights Morby's ability to swiftly transition within a song without missing a beat. Executed with effortless precision, Morby's abilities are showcased by this album. Definitely worth more than one listen, and ultimately will become a guaranteed favorite. Expand