Heaven and Earth - John Martyn
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  • Summary: The last album for the British singer-songwriter who passed away in 2009 includes one song written by Phil Collins.
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  1. Aug 17, 2011
    70
    The results may be shaggy--a feeling reinforced by the length of the songs--but he still has much to offer.
  2. May 19, 2011
    60
    There's little on Heaven And Earth to truly trouble his best work, but throughout there's plentiful evidence of the many qualities which made Martyn so indefinable and influential. [Jun 2011, p.84]
  3. 60
    John Martyn's valedictory recordings have a suitably weary presence that makes even such legendary laidback soporificos as J J Cale and Leonard Cohen seem positively sprightly by comparison.
  4. May 19, 2011
    60
    Fans will love the touching, piano-led title track, replete with the great man's Jack Russell terrier Gizmo barking at the end, while Stand Amazed finds Martyn at his rural front door, marveling at "the panoply of beauty" before him. [Jun 2011, p.103]
  5. Not easy. Not pleasant. But touching in parts, if only because of Martyn's honest gaze.
  6. Jun 29, 2011
    60
    Unsurprisingly, this posthumous album doesn't reach such heights [as a973's Solid Air], and comes with a little too much overlong, incoherent blues whimsy. [Jul 2011, p.114]
  7. Jan 13, 2012
    50
    Amazing as the music consistently is, however, it can't overcome this album's primary liability, which is Martyn's atrocious singing.