Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell - Rodney Crowell / Mary Karr
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  • Summary: Produced by Joe Henry, Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr collaboration together features guest appearance by Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, and Chely Wright.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 20, 2012
    88
    The writing is as crisp as the playing, ornate but without added contrivance, a credit to producer Joe Henry. A tuneful 10-song novel.
  2. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    The him-songs fit neatly alongside the autobiographical gems on his best albums like The Houston Kid and The Outsider. But the her-songs are the ones that really resonate.
  3. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    Collectively, they touch upon a complex range of emotions and interconnections, supported by sparse and countrified instrumentation that sets an appropriately Texan tone.
  4. Jul 20, 2012
    70
    Crowell and Karr have written an interesting album here, but it's no Diamonds & Dirt, the 1988 album that is Crowell's best, and an album that deftly straddles the personal and the general in a way this one does not, however intelligently wrought it is.
  5. Jul 26, 2012
    70
    Some [of the songs] are funny, some are sad, and the best are somewhere in between. [#88, p.54]
  6. Jul 27, 2012
    60
    It's a consistent Crowell effort, if a bit by-the-numbers. [Jul 2012, p.70]