• Record Label: Mute
  • Release Date: Mar 29, 2011
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. Uncut
    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
    100
    In shedding his layers of pain, Pearson reveals his heart: broken and bloodied, but still beating, still fighting. We share and revere in his redemption, rarely has something so physically fragile sounded so mighty in its emotional resonance. A truly magnificent record.
  3. 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.
  4. Dec 1, 2011
    80
    It's a raw and white-knuckled collection, one which captures the phenomenal emotions of the man's solo live sets.
  5. 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.
  6. Apr 12, 2011
    80
    While no single song on the album comes close to the weight and volume that Lift to Experience was capable of slinging, Last of the Country Gentlemen delivers its own subtle intensity.
  7. Q Magazine
    Apr 6, 2011
    80
    He and his demons haven't come in from the cold just yet, but thankfully, Pearson's muse has caught fire once more. [Apr 2011, p.105]
  8. Mojo
    Apr 6, 2011
    80
    This long-rumoured debut is a thing of stark intimacy, rendered by just Pearson's rustic voice and roughly picked guitar, with an occasional smear of wintry violin or doleful piano. [Apr 2011, p.100]
  9. Mar 30, 2011
    80
    Last of the Country Gentlemen is a demanding listen; its wandering pace, startling, emotionally jarring terrain of uncalculated honesty, and obsession can be uncomfortable. That said, it is a recording of surprising originality and great beauty.
  10. 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.
  11. Mar 23, 2011
    80
    Stark yet still overtly dramatic, it's an astonishing showcase of confessional songwriting.
  12. 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.
  13. Mar 23, 2011
    67
    These are stone-cold peyote visions of biblical proportions, offbeat and occasionally stunning.
  14. 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.
  15. Under The Radar
    Mar 29, 2011
    60
    Pearson's crafted an auspicious opening scene to what will be a long and brilliant second act. [Feb 2011, p.67]
  16. Mar 29, 2011
    60
    In the format of the double album LP, with over half the songs heading into 10-minute runtimes, he's going to take you on the scenic route through all the pain he's experienced. If only Pearson was as compelling a lyricist as any of the abovementioned figures [Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, and Townes Van Zandt], Last of the Country Gentlemen might have matched the power of his earlier work.
  17. Mar 23, 2011
    60
    The violin-assisted Woman, When I Raise Hell sounds like a brilliant, disturbed relation of Bruce Springsteen's haunted Nebraska, although elsewhere, 13-minute trawls through Pearson's innermost feelings and failings, with lines such as "I'm in love with an amazing woman, she just is not my wife", make for uncomfortable listening.
  18. Apr 5, 2011
    40
    There's nothing truly transgressive or illuminating or innovative about Last of the Country Gentlemen.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  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"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. Full Review »