UncutWeathered and intelligent, these songs resonate like folk antiquities from another age. Even more remarkably, they never sound forced. [Apr 2007, p.116]
With the lazy weariness of Tom Waits and the inflection of John Lennon, Mason makes every line he sings something worth listening to, something worth remembering. And when this is coupled with songs that can already stand strongly on their own, it makes for a pretty commanding album.
MojoIts predominantly midtempo, cleverly crafted pop-Americana sounds even more substantial. [Apr 2007, p.97]
UrbThe problem is that all this pop-happy acoustic strumming lacks the awkward warble of Bright Eyes or the destructive heartbreak of Elliott Smith's music. [Mar 2007, p.101]
FilterThe traditional folk-rock methods begin to falter as the album wears on, leaving Mason's stirring tales of troubles and joys feeling rather one-dimensional. [#24, p.98]
Positive: 4 out of 4
Mixed: 0 out of 4
Negative: 0 out of 4
LeighHMar 30, 2007This lyrical genius is the Bob Dylan of our generation. Riptide is a soothing melody of his hometown friends.
LukeMMay 11, 2007Willy Mason is the real deal. Touring around America in his van and sleeping in other peoples' houses gives this album a sense of Willy Mason is the real deal. Touring around America in his van and sleeping in other peoples' houses gives this album a sense of authenticity. Tracks like "Save Myself" and "When The Leaves Have Fallen" have the wisdom of a Johnny Cash reincarnate.… Expand
erlingoMay 13, 2007i love this kind of amrericana, this voice of a young man. Buy it.
IndigoBMar 14, 2007Beautiful, heartfelt album. Some truth that is much needed in the music industry.
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