Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    80
    These songs sound like old country classics. [Aug 2012, p.96]
  2. May 30, 2012
    80
    Cue up any of the songs on Nashville and you hear the sound of Stuart's mission being fulfilled.
  3. May 30, 2012
    80
    On his latest, Marty meshes country with Memphis rockabilly and bluegrass-inspired background vocals throughout the disc.
  4. May 30, 2012
    80
    Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down takes one back to yesteryear.
  5. May 30, 2012
    80
    It's a varied yet unified set with lots of high points.
  6. May 30, 2012
    80
    This is the third album Stuart has done with this band, and they continue to find surprising and delightful ways to rev up Stuart's performances.
  7. 70
    The singer is in fine voice and seems inspired by this outlaw move to revive the time-honored music he loved when he first hit Nashville as an impressionistic kid in 1972.
  8. May 30, 2012
    60
    Genre formalism is all well and good when there's genuine creativity and exploration behind it, but Tear the Woodpile Down exposes the limitations of Stuart's hardline conservatism.

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