Langhorne Slim

  • Record Label: Kemado
  • Release Date: Apr 29, 2008
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Slim’s range and depth are on full display this time out--with Langhorne Slim, he has painted his first near masterpiece, marking himself as a true artist whose work should be followed with a careful ear from here on out.
  2. Langhorne Slim is a well-crafted but blessedly unfussy collection of songs about the simple pleasures of being young, rakish, and devil-may-care.
  3. Though Langhorne Slim has its delights, one would be remiss not to note its flyover country.
  4. 70
    While Scolnick hasn’t refined his oftentimes maudlin lyrical sensibilities to match his serious taste for pop hooks, his honeycombed, hopscotching vocal delivery now has some muscle to back it up.
  5. It's not that there aren't any engaging moments here--'Restless' is nicely minor and introspective, and the simplicity of 'Oh Honey' actually works quite well--but there are too many misses in between, enough to mar the good parts of Langhorne Slim, making for a sadly unfulfilling release.
  6. The overproduction of the record is a constant detriment: a large part of Langhorne’s charm is in the rawness of his sound and his unrestrained vocals, but these songs lack the wild-eyed, howling passion of his earlier recordings, even if lyrically they are much stronger than his previous songwriting efforts.
  7. Uncut
    60
    'The Tipping Point' is typical of the album as a whole, a rush of hoe-down guitars and echo-laden drums topped off with a half-yelp of a vocal that recalls a slightly more unhinged Jack White. [July 2008, p109]

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