I Was a Cat from a Book - James Yorkston
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  • Summary: Dave Wrench helped produced the album with the British singer-songwriter that includes contributions from members of The Cinematic Orchestra, Lamb, and Sparrow & The Workshop.
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  1. Aug 21, 2012
    80
    Ultimately, in I Was a Cat from a Book, Yorkston has delivered a measured, wise, and life-affirming record, which has the power to inspire.
  2. Aug 10, 2012
    80
    Don't be fooled by the benign title of James Yorkston's latest album--the songs have some real bite to them, both lyrically and sonically.
  3. Aug 20, 2012
    80
    As always with this gem of a musician, all human life is here. [Sep 2012, p.113]
  4. Aug 6, 2012
    70
    This might not be the most forward-thinking LP you'll hear this year. But the emotion and honesty on display are qualities that will never go out of style.
  5. Aug 8, 2012
    70
    Undeniably there's little here that will surprise fans, but there is certainly plenty to be enchanted by.
  6. Aug 6, 2012
    70
    I Was A Cat From A Book represents a significant return to form for James Yorkston. His music is more inventive, instrumentally diverse and accessible than ever before, arguably straying outside the realms of pure folk into the outer confines of indie-rock for the first time.
  7. Aug 9, 2012
    60
    [The album] rolls by like a river, all finger-picked guitars and delicate arrangements, and atop it all Yorkston's tremulous voice, quavering through lyrics that are poetic in intent but often just too dense to parse.

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