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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release (and the first on Dead Oceans) from Indiana singer-songwriter Tim Showalter features contribution from J. Mascis and was produced by Ben Vehorn.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
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  1. Jun 24, 2014
    100
    Showalter does Coldplay better than Coldplay has in a long time, delivering an invitation into his world through this profoundly affecting work of artistic necessity.
  2. Jul 7, 2014
    90
    That an album that sounds this vibrant and thrilling came out of such dark circumstance is a testament to the songwriting skills of Showalter. Pain never sounded so good.
  3. 83
    Throughout, Showalter comes over like a visionary risk-taker with nothing to lose, not to mention like a consummate frontman.
  4. One moment--the Jason Molina tribute “JM”--is startling enough to forgive the clunking stadium-grunge workouts that seem, conversely, to be bringing Strand of Oaks to wider attention.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jul 2, 2014
    80
    Same Emotions, meanwhile, sounds like a lovingly recreated homage to the soft rock of Journey, Toto, et al. Best of all is his deeply personal tribute to the late Jason Molina. [Aug 2014, p.113]
  6. Jul 15, 2014
    70
    This is, after all, a rock album, so don’t expect anything too innovative, but do expect moments of beauty and lots of writerly oversharing.
  7. Jul 10, 2014
    62
    HEAL ultimately sounds like a transitional album, and as such reveals both unexpected strengths and weaknesses.

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  1. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    Listening to 'HEAL' felt like having someone push you over, kick you in the balls, and then offer you a friendly hand to help you up.
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    Listening to 'HEAL' felt like having someone push you over, kick you in the balls, and then offer you a friendly hand to help you up.
    Sad, uplifting, some sweet J Mascis licks, a tribute to Jason Molina ... this album has it all. Can't stop listening to it.
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  2. Aug 9, 2014
    9
    This is the first time for me to hear any of Strand's work. While i expected folk music, i was surprised to find something entirely different.This is the first time for me to hear any of Strand's work. While i expected folk music, i was surprised to find something entirely different.

    This is some very powerful and loud music in here. It is also an emotional roller-coaster. Sometimes, you will feel devastated. In others, you will feel uplifted. It really - brilliantly - complements the autobiographical tone of the album, as Showalter pours his heart out about his troubles and his memories. His vocal performance, and the guitar work, are two of the three best things in this album.

    The third is the lyrics. They are some of the most beautiful i heard in a long time. From the opening track (Goshen '97) when he sang "i was lonely but i was having fun" (about his memories as a teenager in his Dad's basement), i became immediately captivated.

    The only flaw i found in the album is that some tracks didn't resonate as strongly as others. Among these others are: Goshen '97, Woke Up To The Light, and JM.
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  3. Jun 30, 2014
    9
    This is a near flawless masterpiece of an album. Staggeringly honest, bold and expansive in terms of sound Timothy dips into his not so prettyThis is a near flawless masterpiece of an album. Staggeringly honest, bold and expansive in terms of sound Timothy dips into his not so pretty past & delivers something timeless and memorable. Drags a little bit on last few tracks. Expand

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