Low Country Blues

  • Record Label: Rounder
  • Release Date: Jan 18, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Jan 18, 2011
    It's haunting, often harrowing stuff, but Allman knows this territory well, growling, yearning, pleading for some sense of peace that seems as if it will ever elude him--and maybe anyone who walks the eart
  2. Q Magazine
    Mar 9, 2011
    Produced by the ever-tasteful T-Bone Burnett, Ray Charles wouldn't have been disgraced by the earthy mix of soulful blues and gospel. [Mar 2011, p.105]
  3. Jan 27, 2011
    No great surprises, maybe, but it's good to find he can still deliver.
  4. 80
    The T-Bone Burnett-produced Low Country Blues is Gruntin' Gregg Allman's first album in 14 years, and it's the best work he's done since the Allman Brothers' Seventies heyday.
  5. Uncut
    Jan 24, 2011
    Like the opener, ["Rolling Stone"] promises more than it delivers, but pretty much everything in between rings the bell. [Feb 2011, p.80]
  6. Jan 19, 2011
    It's a joyful, terrifically accessible record, and a no-nonsense blues album that even Allman himself has been referring to as among the best things he has ever recorded.
  7. Jan 18, 2011
    When he sings surrounded by a straight-up, horn-fueled electric blues sound ("Tears, Tears, Tears," "My Love Is Your Love"), the results are interesting enough, but when he's accompanied by Burnett's rootsy signatures--ghostly reverbed guitar, gauzy brushed snare, thunking acoustic bass--the effect is mesmerizing.
  8. Jan 14, 2011
    It adds up to Allman's best and surely most focused and cohesive solo release, and one where the template can hopefully be repeated in less time than it took this to appear.
  9. 75
    Allman's latest, Low Country Blues, pays homage to the music he fell in love with as a youngster.
  10. Jan 21, 2011
    Gregg Allman's history lesson may not match his finest recordings, but it's a diverting blues miscellany from an undoubted master.
  11. 70
    In the end, though, the spirit is most definitely still there, and any Allman Brothers fan or blues fan needs this album. It's an event as much as a recording and a good representation of the artists that made Allman want to be a musician in the first place.
  12. Jan 14, 2011
    It's the shades of blue in Allman's vocals, amplified by Burnett's austere, consciously antique production, that make Low Country Blues an eerie pleasure with quietly persistent emotional conviction.
  13. Jun 23, 2011
    Low Country Blues is a long exhale after day fades to night and the moon is on the rise.

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