Muchacho

Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. Mar 19, 2013
    60
    A raucous centrepiece it is not. A soundtrack for a nightcap alone though? Absolutely.
  2. Mar 18, 2013
    60
    It is an album about the ways in which we recover, the ways in which we find ourselves after feeling loss. It’s also an album that, musically, full of fitful and exciting exploration.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 19, 2013
    9
    While the influences of Fleetfoxes, MMJ and Bon Iver are clearly present, Matthew Houck has enough imagination to take the listener beyondWhile the influences of Fleetfoxes, MMJ and Bon Iver are clearly present, Matthew Houck has enough imagination to take the listener beyond into some truly original and sweet territory. This is a fantastic set and an early candidate for album of the year.. Full Review »
  2. Jan 30, 2014
    9
    Grammies missed this album. A perfect melding of country, electronica and great melodies. A mellow classic. Will look for more from thisGrammies missed this album. A perfect melding of country, electronica and great melodies. A mellow classic. Will look for more from this artist in the future. Full Review »
  3. Jun 1, 2013
    7
    It’s been a few years since ‘Here’s to Taking it Easy’ but now Phosphorescent the working moniker of Matthew Houck returns with probably hisIt’s been a few years since ‘Here’s to Taking it Easy’ but now Phosphorescent the working moniker of Matthew Houck returns with probably his most accessible album to date. The short but sweet ‘Muchacho’ is a vibrant mix of styles bookended by the mellow intro/outro of ‘Sun, Arise!’ and ‘Sun's Arising’. ‘Song For Zula’ veers dangerously close to U2 but somehow manages to end up more in the Bon Iver camp, this is followed by the catchy acoustic Bolen rumble of ‘Ride On Right On’ with its meandering tune and jubilant woos. ‘Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master)’ sounds a lot like Wilco, beautiful Americana with a drop of experimentation. ‘A Charm A Blade’ bursts into life at the chorus with a brass section that recalls The Polyphonic Spree at their most joyous. ‘Muchacho's Tune’ is based around a gorgeous slide guitar that underpins the song and compliments Houck’s vocals whereas the atmospheric piano in ‘A New Anhedonia’ shows a more melancholy side, as does ‘Down To Go’ which is like early Bonnie Prince Billy. I really like ‘The Quotidian Beasts’ but then I also like ‘Wicked Game’ by Chris Isaak which it does resemble slightly, others might not be so forgiving. Lyrically and musically Houck is on top form and it’s hard not to fall for this record despite its short running time and if nothing else it’s a good starting place for new fans to discover his understated talent. Full Review »