Minnesota - Mason Jennings
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  • Summary: The latest album for the Hawaii-born singer-songwriter was self-produced.
  • Record Label: Thirty Tigers
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Folk
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
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  1. Sep 21, 2011
    70
    A hypnotic, wickedly sexy bit of folk-funk delivered at the tempo of a rambling, acid-soaked desert caravan, the track--as with the rest of Minnesota--leaves you pondering Jennings' poetic intent like a dark mirage spied in the late summer sun.
  2. Sep 21, 2011
    70
    There are a few missteps here and there, most notably on the plodding "Witches Dream," and drum-heavy "Well of Love," neither of which fit well on this otherwise strong release.
  3. 70
    In the end, Jennings' truthfulness more than makes up for Minnesota's minor setbacks.
  4. Sep 21, 2011
    69
    There are moments where Jennings deviates thematically and sonically from the boy-becomes-a-man-and-uses-all-the-pianos thru-line-some succeed, like the loose and likeable "Well Of Love," and others, not so much, like the synthy fairytale nightmare mess of "Witches Dream."
  5. 60
    Jennings' songwriting is at its best in Minnesota when reflecting this troubling sense of uncertainty and contradiction.
  6. Sep 21, 2011
    50
    It's the handful of tracks on which Jennings stretches beyond familiar troubadour conventions that are Minnesota's best.
  7. Sep 22, 2011
    50
    Brief and enjoyable but never spectacular, Minnesota is the sound of an established and experienced songwriter simply not meeting his substantial potential.
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  1. Jan 14, 2012
    4
    I have been a big Mason Jennings fan for years, but not this album. I can't really place it but somehow it comes up a bit short. Its just kind of a bummer to listen to. Expand