Mission Bell - Amos Lee
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  • Summary: The fourth album for the singer-songwriter features appearances by Priscilla Ahn, Pieta Brown, James Gadson, Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine's Sam Beam, and Calexico.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Apr 4, 2011
    80
    Lee is so commanding that guests Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson are drawn into top-of-the-range duets and still don't take over. [Feb 2011, p.96]
  2. Feb 2, 2011
    75
    It's a new feel and direction for Lee, and not an unrewarding one, but it's his collaboration with Beam on "Violin" that captures a sound at which Lee truly excels.
  3. 70
    Mission Bell, his fourth album on Blue Note, sharpens the payoff.
  4. Feb 2, 2011
    60
    There is a lot to admire here and maybe that's the main problem....he often favors rambling, low-key country numbers that get you to quietly consider the bittersweet nature of our existence rather than lose yourself in the song.
  5. Feb 7, 2011
    60
    Like his labelmate Norah Jones, Lee is a great foil, and the standouts on his chart-topping fourth album--cut with cowboy-mystic indie rockers Calexico providing moody backup--are the cameo tracks.
  6. Feb 2, 2011
    60
    "Violin," the lone track which seems to bare a hint of Calexico influence, is unsurprisingly the album's clear highlight: a swelling, sweeping slow-burner with wide-screen atmosphere, angelic harmonies and pedal steel aching over modest acoustic strums. More of this ilk and Mission Bell would have been a stunner.
  7. Feb 11, 2011
    40
    While a couple of catchy turns of phrase compensate for some elementary rhymes, there aren't enough hooks to make the songs memorable.

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Score distribution:
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Apr 22, 2011
    10
    One of the best albums I've heard this year. Totally underrated. I don't understand why the critics don't rate this album higher, maybe because Amos has changed his sound? Don't know, but I sure like it. Take a listen today!!! Expand