Lookaftering

Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. Uncut
    100
    Lookaftering is some kind of miracle. [Nov 2005, p.100]
  3. 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.
  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. Magnet
    90
    If it takes another 36 years for something so sublime, I await the next 36 years. [#70, p.86]
  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 New York Times
    80
    Pastoral doesn't quite describe it; this seems to come from some place more eco-protected than any in existence. [24 Oct 2005]
  9. 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.
  10. Lookaftering sees her trading the overly twee vibe of her debut for a darker, more mysterious and mature sound.
  11. 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.
  12. [A] collection of stunningly simple songs.
  13. Q Magazine
    80
    There's still something truly magical in the wistful clarity of her voice. [Nov 2005, p.131]
  14. The record's treasure is folded into layers which make it an endlessly rewarding place to invest a couple of months of your life.
  15. 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.
  16. Mojo
    80
    An oddly seamless follow-up to its distant predecessor. [Nov 2005, p.110]
  17. It's simply unlike anything else out there -- except perhaps Just Another Diamond Day.
  18. Blender
    70
    A gentle, reflective and often gorgeous album. [Nov 2005, p.132]
  19. Urb
    70
    Bunyan's lilting ballads are as darling as ever. [Jan/Feb 2006, p.102]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.1

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
    8
    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
    3
    Thin, thin, thin.
  3. SebastianN
    Nov 13, 2006
    10
    One of my all time favorite folk albums.