Keeper

  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Release Date: Aug 29, 2011
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Mojo
    Jan 31, 2012
    60
    Support from Howe Gelb, Patty Griffin and more, but things never really take off. [Feb 2012, p.99]
  2. Q Magazine
    Nov 8, 2011
    60
    While the country-slanted Keeper doesn't stray far musically from what's gone before, the mood is more upbeat. [Nov. 2011, p. 128]
  3. 60
    Songs with poetic yet plainspoken lyrics about found love and lost souls twist in unusual directions and often take a while to absorb. But repeated spins are rewarded with sharply realized words atop melodies that, like most of the gems in his catalog of eight solo albums (along with work in the previously mentioned bands), entice you back for more.
  4. Sep 8, 2011
    60
    Despite the evident talent of his backup band – vocalists Patti Griffin and Jill Sobule, guitarist Smokey Hormel, bassist Don Was and Giant Sand's Howe Gelb on piano – it takes a while to get into, in part because the arrangements are often so busy that they verge on chaotic.
  5. Sep 2, 2011
    50
    The next time I want to hear Doe's jagged edged anger and soul deep longing, I'll be digging out my old copy of See How We Are or Meet John Doe. Those albums are genuine keepers. This one's a placeholder 'til the real thing comes along.

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