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  • Summary: Jay Farrar's latest release with his alternative country band Son Volt harkens back to the Bakersfield sound of the 1950-60s.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Jun 18, 2013
    80
    Its 11 new originals that wouldn't sound out of place on country radio or in a roadhouse in the '50s and '60s. [Jul 2013, p.92]
  2. 80
    Farrar backs up his good intentions with an album's worth of strong material. [Apr 2013, p.90]
  3. Mar 29, 2013
    80
    It's a soul-searchingly strong set. [May 2013, p.78]
  4. Mar 5, 2013
    70
    Ever since Jay Farrar's Uncle Tupelo days, you could imagine his big, bourbon-y voice fronting a country band in a Bakersfield roadhouse circa 1963. Honky Tonk comes close to realizing that sound, and it's a gorgeous thing.
  5. Mar 12, 2013
    70
    Honky-Tonk is a Country Music album. No Alt required.
  6. Apr 16, 2013
    65
    The band seems aware that it's on well-trod ground throughout Honky Tonk, though that doesn't seem to affect Son Volt one bit. [No. 97, p.59]
  7. Mar 12, 2013
    59
    The pacing is so languid, the dynamics so muted that I doubt this iteration of Son Volt would last very long in a real honkytonk.

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