Maraqopa - Damien Jurado
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    91
    Fittingly, Maraqopa finally puts Jurado in a position to shine.
  2. Feb 21, 2012
    90
    Maraqopa is a shooting star, an album bursting with presence of mind, a testimony to emotional rebirth buoyed by recurring themes of freedom and transcendence.
  3. Mar 23, 2012
    80
    One of the most compelling [albums of his 15-year career]. [Apr 2012, p.95]
  4. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    Despite minor quibbles what you have here is one hell of a late-night record, with plenty of wistful longing and just enough sunshine to keep you off the suicide hotline.
  5. Feb 29, 2012
    80
    Maraqopa is melodious, sprawling in all the right ways, even a little ramshackle.
  6. Feb 22, 2012
    80
    Maraqopa is, at times, a sumptuous sigh of a record, the sound of a man exploring a territory he's earned the right to claim as his own.
  7. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    The risks that Damien Jurado and producer Richard Swift take on Maraqopa are small and subtle adjustments to those already made on Saint Bartlett, but they are small steps which reap exquisite rewards for the listener.
  8. These songs are probably Jurado's most ambitious portraits yet in terms of ideas and eclecticism.
  9. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    Maraqopa's experimentations aren't those of a young musician set loose in a studio full of new toys. Rather, with this newest release, Jurado demonstrates that, at this late date in his career, he may just be hitting his stride.
  10. Feb 21, 2012
    80
    It results in his most adventurous and fulfilling work to date.
  11. 80
    While continuing to deliver the intimate songs of hopeless love and regret for his longtime fans, he stills finds ways to surprise as he works with his magician-like collaborator.
  12. Feb 16, 2012
    80
    Jurado and Swift are onto something in the conjunction of rough-hewn folk and atmospheric electronics, and if anything, they have gotten better at integrating the two elements into a whole.
  13. Feb 15, 2012
    80
    One of Jurado's strongest albums in an encouraging line of strong albums.
  14. Feb 15, 2012
    80
    Here the pair [Richard Swift and Damien Jurado] resume roles for an equally enchanting follow-up. [Feb 2012, p.96]
  15. Feb 15, 2012
    80
    The result is near-perfection. [Mar 2012, p.97]
  16. Feb 21, 2012
    76
    This album is more of a mood piece, its melodic rewards teased out over time and drenched in the type of steady rain that his home state is known for.
  17. Feb 15, 2012
    75
    The more these songs scratch at that dried surface, the more fertile soil they reveal underneath.
  18. May 2, 2012
    74
    It's just wonderfully consistent, satisfyingly familiar.
  19. Mar 21, 2012
    70
    His tenth studio record retains the open-air dreaminess of Saint Bartlett, but it also keeps his sacred sense of songwriting, his careful guitar fixtures, and his understated demeanor. [Mar 2012, p.84]
  20. 70
    Maraqopa spans genres, production techniques, and songwriting styles, all while retaining an overarching and unifying aesthetic: a cohesive haze of distance.
  21. Feb 22, 2012
    60
    Maraqopa sounds like the place he's been searching for all along. [Mar 2012, p.105]
  22. Feb 21, 2012
    60
    Jurado still seems fully intent on liberating his music while evading expectation.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 26, 2012
    8
    The eleventh studio album of Damien Jurado - "Maraqopa" although classified as the folk trend - mainly by the compositions such as "Everyone A Star" or "So On, Nevada", also reveals a more feisty, rock face - which, combined with general, simple outline of the songs gives a cool effect. It is worth mentioning about blues-jazz "Nothing Is The News", childish - "Life Away From The Garden" or the composition like from the '60 and '70 years -"This Time Next Year". Full Review »