Natural History - J.D. Souther
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter rerecorded some of his old songs with less instrumentation than in the original versions.
  • Record Label: Entertainment One Music
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Soft Rock, Jazz-Rock
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    Listeners will hear the echoes of the better-known recordings of these songs, even if Souther's own performances of them sound like they may have set the template for Ronstadt or the Eagles to embroider on.
  2. Aug 4, 2011
    60
    Natural History is a fine album. The other ten tracks offer much pleasure.
  3. 60
    Souther sings in a mid-70s croon, tuneful but grain-free and, for a man inspired by Roy Orbison, oddly unemotional.
  4. Aug 18, 2011
    60
    Nashville's elite session men construct an intimate acoustic framework for Souther to cast himself as crooning confidant, but it all feels a little polished and polite. [Sep 2011, p.95]
  5. Aug 4, 2011
    50
    There are some fine songs on Natural History, which deserve better than being presented as if they were museum exhibits.
  6. 40
    Alongside some so-so newer material, this latest set revisits earlier triumphs in JD's new style, which owes more to MOR jazz than rock or country. It's not as successful as his 2009 comeback If The World Was You, being something of a halfway house.