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  • Summary: The debut album from the country-folk artist takes the unadorned simplicity of acoustic guitar and emotional vocals to create bittersweet songs of love, hate and life.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Mar 29, 2011
    100
    Josh Pearson has gone there so we don't have to--we should be grateful he's returned to tell the tale. [Apr 2011, p.72]
  2. Mar 23, 2011
    90
    Once you press play on this wonderful record, Josh T. Pearson will take you with him. It might be painful, but you will savour every tear and be thankful for the bruises. Be greatful for this dark pariah.
  3. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    Pearson's mournful growl, and the brutal honesty in raking over his personal failings, makes for a majestic, in-the-dead-of-the-night confessional.
  4. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    This solo debut is as commanding: emotional trial ("Woman, When I've Raised Hell") and despair ("Country Dumb") stripped to Pearson's fraught vocals and hypnotic, irregular fingerpicking.
  5. Mar 29, 2011
    76
    Gorgeous as much as it is terrifyingly heartbreaking, it's Country Gentlemen's ominous open-ended silence that unnerves most of all.
  6. 60
    To have four songs over 10 minutes on your debut is brave; when the record recalls Neil Young's sadder moments and explores the anguish of a break-up, it is foolhardy.
  7. Apr 5, 2011
    40
    There's nothing truly transgressive or illuminating or innovative about Last of the Country Gentlemen.

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  1. Apr 6, 2012
    10
    "Last of the Country Gentlemen" belongs aside the "Trinity Sessions" as dark brooding masterpiece. By pealing back the emotional layers of pain, Josh T Pearson evokes from a place deep within his soul to create deeply moving benedictions for the heartbroken. The results are nothing short of profound. Expand