July Flame

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. With [Jim] James, Veirs has proven that she's capable of breaking out of this pattern. Now she just needs to learn to do it on her own.
  2. Under The Radar
    60
    July Flame is a sparser effort than some of Veirs' past releases, and while there is no shortage of quality songs here, some of the most winning moments comes when the arrangements are a bit denser. [Holiday, 2009, p.77]
  3. With summer so far away, this record’s only downside is that it lacks a hit song to help it last until July.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Aug 14, 2013
    9
    As soon as Laura Veirs starts singing on July Flame, she holds your attention whether you're washing dishes or reading while listeningAs soon as Laura Veirs starts singing on July Flame, she holds your attention whether you're washing dishes or reading while listening throughout the whole album. It's a beautiful album that has no real comparison to other female singer/songwriters with guitars. The Liz Phair and Suzanne Vega comparisons that the critics have been summoning have no real validity. Laura Veirs is unique, and this album will show you just how and why this is so. Her best album ...so far. Full Review »
  2. SeanC.
    Jan 15, 2010
    9
    A wonderful new album from the prodigiously talented Veirs. Quick anecdote: I put it on at work at random -- without a word -- while a cohort A wonderful new album from the prodigiously talented Veirs. Quick anecdote: I put it on at work at random -- without a word -- while a cohort and I were working on some paperwork, and within three seconds of the first track, he turned his head and said, "That sounds delightful." It does indeed. Full Review »
  3. Sep 16, 2013
    10
    Laura Veirs' masterwork to date, an alchemical blend of elements and skills she's displayed in previous work synthesized in one place soaringLaura Veirs' masterwork to date, an alchemical blend of elements and skills she's displayed in previous work synthesized in one place soaring vocals, unintuitive but resonant lyrics, and a patchwork Americana landscape that engages and invites repeat listening. One of the finest albums of 2010, and a superb gateway to new fans who haven't yet given Veirs a listen. Full Review »