Haw - Hiss Golden Messenger
Metascore
86

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
  1. Apr 26, 2013
    90
    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. Apr 1, 2013
    90
    The arrangements are bigger, the language more dense, the symbolism darker. [May 2013, p.72]
  4. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    This follow-up to 2012’s magnificent Poor Moon is no less exemplary than its predecessor.
  5. Apr 9, 2013
    80
    This a rare and colourful leap forward. [May 2013, p.102]
  6. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    Taylor's beseeching voice and invigorating take on gospel is sincere and moving. [May 2013, p.96]
  7. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    Haw is, likewise, bristly, indelicate, often beautiful but never precious. It bursts with life.
  8. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    Rarely does dark doubt sound quite so inviting.
  9. Apr 1, 2013
    80
    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.
  10. Apr 29, 2013
    70
    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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