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  • Summary: The Memphis-born singer-songwriter is backed by The Earlies on this debut disc.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Every so often an artist will release a debut record that has seemingly come from nowhere; you question where this person has been all your life, and how come it took so long for this to get out.
  2. New Musical Express (NME)
    90
    An astonishing debut of cosmic country noir. [28 Aug 2004, p.57]
  3. Under The Radar
    80
    Hinson's meditations on sorrow, regreat and hope are wrapped in textures upon textures of multi-instrumental feeling. [#9]
  4. Mojo
    80
    The album... is one of such remarkable beauty. [Oct 2004, p.96]
  5. Musically, this debut is lovingly and exactingly orchestrated with an array of instruments-- not just the usual piano, cello, and drums, but also flute, organ, melodica, and horns-- that subtly shade the songs' emotions. Strangely, however, Hinson entertains few possibilities and seems to rely too heavily on his acoustic guitar to shape the tracks.
  6. If you were a bit let down by the last Bright Eyes album (as I was), this is a release that should get you excited again.
  7. It's possible that 13 songs are too much for the sort of vision that Hinson is chasing, but it's a fine heartfelt effort that rewards as richly as it disappoints.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. JennyL
    Jun 15, 2005
    10
    Beautiful....
  2. suem
    Jun 19, 2005
    10
    My daughter and i heard this playing in a store and bought it, we both love it, and intend to buy it for friends he deserves to be better known
  3. ClaireW
    Jun 19, 2005
    10
    A striking debut, beautiful, unusual...just as impressive live
  4. DavidW
    May 14, 2007
    10
    Just brilliant.
  5. dawn
    Feb 18, 2006
    10
    addictive album from a very personable guy,had to ration my listening to once a day so i didn't o.d
  6. LisaD
    Apr 22, 2005
    8
    Wow, one of the best of the year so far. Impressive debut.

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