Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Apr 26, 2013
    This is music with myriad dimensions and complex themes, but it never unravels or feels too heady.
  2. 90
    This time around, however, the influences are mashed together more thoroughly, creating a uniquely rich stew where country, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, gospel, folk and more exotic influences mingle freely.
  3. Uncut
    Apr 1, 2013
    The arrangements are bigger, the language more dense, the symbolism darker. [May 2013, p.72]
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    This follow-up to 2012’s magnificent Poor Moon is no less exemplary than its predecessor.
  5. Q Magazine
    Apr 9, 2013
    This a rare and colourful leap forward. [May 2013, p.102]
  6. Mojo
    Apr 1, 2013
    Taylor's beseeching voice and invigorating take on gospel is sincere and moving. [May 2013, p.96]
  7. Apr 1, 2013
    Haw is, likewise, bristly, indelicate, often beautiful but never precious. It bursts with life.
  8. Apr 1, 2013
    Throughout these songs, Taylor's lyrics and the grain in his voice reveal that, whatever truths there are in these songs, they come from antiquity, and the land itself, which is an extension of the divine.
  9. Apr 1, 2013
    Rarely does dark doubt sound quite so inviting.
  10. Apr 29, 2013
    The songs ponder mortality and devotion, love and family, searching for peace of mind and finding it, no doubt temporarily, in the folky benediction of “What Shall Be (Shall Be Enough).”

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