• Record Label: Matador
  • Release Date: Jun 21, 2005
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A work of formidable and pristine beauty.
  2. 100
    This is a wonderful album, full of heart, skill and intelligence, and sure to be recognized as a classic.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Cantrell, with a voice reminiscent of Alison Krauss and melodies much the same, was born for this stuff. [24 Jun 2005, p.162]
  4. Sometimes it does sound like The First Ever Country Record On Matador, too tied down to ideas of what country records are supposed to sound like.... And then Laura looks you in the eyes and you realise that really, you’re being a bit of a twit. She’s still there, the same as she ever was. Her surroundings have just got a bit grander.
  5. Humming by the Flowered Vine is an album that's a joy to listen to without sounding simple or hollow, and resonates with an evocative beauty comprised of both compassion and intellect.
  6. You’d be hard-pressed to find a music snob who can’t be won over by Cantrell’s lovely compositions.
  7. Uncut
    80
    The melodies and brittle guitars burrow into your cerebrum. [Jul 2005, p.106]
  8. With Humming by the Flowered Vine, Cantrell has proven she's the rightful heiress to Lucinda Williams.
  9. Humming By The Flowered Vine takes the rootsy sounds of classic country music (incorporating Hank Williams, Lucinda Williams and everyone in between) and plops them smack dab in the middle of Manhattan.
  10. Obviously, the peerless craft and genuflecting reverence are beyond reproach; those desiring a more progressive form are out of luck.
  11. Like its predecessors, it's full of sweetly sung melodies and deceptively simple arrangements of originals and lovingly chosen covers.
  12. Q Magazine
    70
    [Her] voice [is] as clear as a Great Smoky Mountain stream. [Aug 2005, p.127]
  13. Humming by the Flowered Vine works up a mix of matter-of-fact and earnest confessionals that's rarely precious, usually gorgeous and worth returning to.
  14. Under The Radar
    70
    Cantrell is (still) a breath of fresh air. [#10, p.115]
  15. Blender
    60
    It's not until the seventh song that voice and material converge satisfyingly. [Jul 2005, p.115]
  16. In theory, there may be nothing wrong with a desire for mainstream acceptance, but Cantrell’s music suffers for it.
  17. Overall the mixture never quite gels, and the rasping timbre of Cantrell's voice ain't the prettiest sound you ever heard.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. TraciP
    Feb 1, 2008
    9
    Laura Cantrell's crystal clear vocals are beautiful, reminiscent of Kitty Wells. This album's Big City meditations evoke Laura Cantrell's crystal clear vocals are beautiful, reminiscent of Kitty Wells. This album's Big City meditations evoke traditional country, bluegrass, honky talk, and the shimmery melodies of 60's California country acts. Full Review »
  2. PaulA
    Jul 31, 2005
    6
    Too slick and AOR for my liking. Try The Tremblin' Kind for a more gritty down to earth country album.
  3. VasekR
    Jun 21, 2005
    9
    Simply beatiful and balanced album full of emotions.