Milk White Sheets

  • Record Label: V2
  • Release Date: Nov 7, 2006
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. An album of searching grace and innocence, this is the voice of ancient souls portrayed through the medium of a true indie heroine.
  2. 'Milkwhite Sheets' will come to you offering kisses, but beware the knife behind its back
  3. Fans of Anne Briggs and Vashti Bunyan will find a lot to love here.
  4. Alternative Press
    80
    Warm acoustic guitars and spookily ethereal vocals add up to understated soundtrack music for a road trip through the Scottish countryside. [Jan 2007, p.134]
  5. Mojo
    80
    The whole album is characterised by a subtle, all-pervading sense of menace that superbly offsets Campbell's snow-pure vocals and sparsely psychedelic orchestration. [Dec 2006, p.104]
  6. Campbell's second extraordinary release of 2006.
  7. The music may be dreamy, but it’s always passionate.
  8. Spin
    70
    Sheets is Campbell's hallucination of a cozy English garden party. [Jan 2007, p.94]
  9. When the sun comes out, you'll want to put Milkwhite Sheets away for a long time. It leaves you with an inexplicable chill and a sense that Campbell overplayed her hand.
  10. Campbell's voice is frustratingly wan.
  11. Under The Radar
    60
    Maybe she doesn’t need Lanegan to write, but his creepy presence is missed not only as a voice, but also in the DNA of the songs themselves. [#15]
  12. Campbell is not going to escape the "twee" label anytime soon, but at least she's putting new twists on her familiar sweetness.
  13. Paste Magazine
    60
    The album relies on a stark, tribal minimalism that sounds as if it was recorded several decades ago. [Dec 2006, p.93]
  14. The album as a whole is a tad precious, but the songs are pretty and Campbell's voice is subtly captivating.
  15. Uncut
    60
    Although the songs are both traditional and modern, the mood of gentle awe and foreboding wonder is all of a piece. [Nov 2006, p.102]
  16. This is an album rich in feminine delicacy and woodsy magic, but ultimately Campbell will remain far too fey for many.
  17. It's difficult to slag a folk album for being unoriginal, but the letdown here is that Milkwhite Sheets sounds uninspired at a time when so many musicians are digging treasure from the same ancient, mist-shrouded hills.
  18. Ethereal, meandering vocals over finger-picked guitar and very soft, low-pitched strings! With slight hints of the mediaeval in the harmonies! Can my heart take the pace?
  19. All of Campbell's vocal blemishes could be forgiven if Milkwhite Sheets boasted just a little oomph.
  20. Vocally, a combination of steel and fragility is required, but Campbell can be frustratingly hesitant, often tending towards the limp side of haunting or ethereal.
  21. Q Magazine
    40
    Campbell's voice seems to have been recorded in a lift shaft, rendering her too murky. [Dec 2006, p.133]

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