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  • Summary: The 22-year-old singer-songwriter makes his Astralwerks debut with this second album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 90
    Weathered and intelligent, these songs resonate like folk antiquities from another age. Even more remarkably, they never sound forced. [Apr 2007, p.116]
  2. Masterful and poignant, it reveals Mason to be a heavyweight talent. [Apr 2007, p.119]
  3. 80
    Its predominantly midtempo, cleverly crafted pop-Americana sounds even more substantial. [Apr 2007, p.97]
  4. 60
    His slumbery Jonathan Richman-meets-Beck vocals make every song a potential slacker lullaby. [Mar 2007, p.97]
  5. If only because feeling sad isn't as good as feeling happy, this isn't as enjoyable as before.
  6. 56
    The 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]
  7. It's plenty catchy and big, but it's also wildly uncreative and predictable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. LeighH
    Mar 30, 2007
    10
    This lyrical genius is the Bob Dylan of our generation. Riptide is a soothing melody of his hometown friends.
  2. LukeM
    May 11, 2007
    9
    Willy 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. Collapse
  3. erlingo
    May 13, 2007
    9
    i love this kind of amrericana, this voice of a young man. Buy it.
  4. IndigoB
    Mar 14, 2007
    8
    Beautiful, heartfelt album. Some truth that is much needed in the music industry.