Lookaftering - Vashti Bunyan

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Lookaftering is some kind of miracle. [Nov 2005, p.100]
  2. Like all works of elusive beauty, Lookaftering is something that is so immediate and accessible it will take time to realize just how enriched with subtle evocation it is.
  3. 90
    If it takes another 36 years for something so sublime, I await the next 36 years. [#70, p.86]
  4. There are very few artists who could pick up where they left off after ten years, or even five. To do this after half a lifetime is extraordinary.
  5. To say Lookaftering takes up where Just Another Diamond Day left off is an understatement. It feels like no time has elapsed at all since 1970, neither in her own life nor the outside world.
  6. On Lookaftering, it comes as a relief to hear not only how pristine Bunyan's delicate vocals remain but that she has retained her understated abilities as a songwriter.
  7. The album swells with beauty, but an intimate, unapologetic beauty drained of gravity or mystery that invites and comforts in one stroke, stronger than the gravest clock and gentler than a stray sigh.
  8. The record's treasure is folded into layers which make it an endlessly rewarding place to invest a couple of months of your life.
  9. What makes Bunyan's return such an unqualified success is that, unlike so many of those she's influenced (Patrick Wolf excluded) she doesn't come within a country mile of the briar patch of cloying kookiness.
  10. 80
    An oddly seamless follow-up to its distant predecessor. [Nov 2005, p.110]
  11. Lookaftering sees her trading the overly twee vibe of her debut for a darker, more mysterious and mature sound.
  12. It's simply unlike anything else out there -- except perhaps Just Another Diamond Day.
  13. There's still something truly magical in the wistful clarity of her voice. [Nov 2005, p.131]
  14. [A] collection of stunningly simple songs.
  15. That Vashti Bunyan had the courage to step out of seclusion and follow up her classic debut is admirable. That she was able to do so with an excellent batch of songs is a joy to behold, pure and simple.
  16. Pastoral doesn't quite describe it; this seems to come from some place more eco-protected than any in existence. [24 Oct 2005]
  17. This is no appendix, no addendum to Diamond Day, but rather a second solid installment in a career we music gluttons consider to be too sparse. Bunyan's songwriting, her assembly of musicians, and especially her voice are superb on Lookaftering, possibly more so here than they were on Diamond Day.
  18. 70
    A gentle, reflective and often gorgeous album. [Nov 2005, p.132]
  19. 70
    Bunyan's lilting ballads are as darling as ever. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.102]
  20. A preciously solemn soundtrack for blustery days. [Dec 2005, p.124]
  21. Bunyan's wispy soprano lacks nuance, making for music that's ultimately more numbing than emotive. [4 Nov 2005, p.71]
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. MarkusP.
    Feb 9, 2007
    Not as good as her first one but a fine record nevertheless. Her voice is a real winner and the guest musicians do a very nice job specially Not as good as her first one but a fine record nevertheless. Her voice is a real winner and the guest musicians do a very nice job specially Joanna Newsom. Full Review »
  2. JulianP
    Jan 31, 2007
    Thin, thin, thin.
  3. SebastianN
    Nov 13, 2006
    One of my all time favorite folk albums.