I Was a Cat from a Book - James Yorkston
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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 20, 2012
    80
    As always with this gem of a musician, all human life is here. [Sep 2012, p.113]
  3. Aug 16, 2012
    60
    Not flawless but always affecting.
  4. Aug 13, 2012
    70
    'I Was A Cat From A Book' is a good album with top-class musicianship and production, that deserves your ear at least once even if folk is not your thing.
  5. 60
    The record as a whole is full of wan acoustic guitar tunes in desperate need of that mysterious quality of oomph.
  6. 60
    The resulting extended instrumental palette has brought a new depth to the arrangements but has added little transparency to Yorkston's often bewildering lyrics.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Aug 9, 2012
    70
    It's still discernibly a James Yorkston record, and full of what you'd expect from one, but there's enough shading in the corners and drawing over the lines to add new sparks of interest.
  10. Aug 8, 2012
    80
    Where Yorkston's last album was precisely drawn, the follow-up is looser and less beholden to strict arrangements, and more willing to let the musicians dictate the pace. [Sep 2012, p.84]
  11. Aug 8, 2012
    70
    Undeniably there's little here that will surprise fans, but there is certainly plenty to be enchanted by.
  12. Aug 8, 2012
    80
    I Was a Cat from a Book is as warm as an all-enveloping blanket by the hearth. [Sep 2012, p.89]
  13. 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.
  14. 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.

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