Old Mad Joy - The Gourds
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  • Summary: The Austin band's 10th studio album was recorded in Levon Helm's upstate New York studio and produced by Larry Campbell.
  • Record Label: Vanguard
  • Genre(s): Country, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Country-Rock
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Feb 1, 2012
    89
    Sequenced hopscotch-style between the two principle composers, Old Mad Joy barely drops a beat ("You Must Not Know").
  2. Feb 10, 2012
    80
    It's their slickest yet. [Feb 2012, p.99]
  3. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    As with much of their late-career output, Old Mad Joy begs for a few spins before it reveals its charms.
  4. Feb 1, 2012
    70
    Ultimately, Old Mad Joy may not signal the breakthrough that this outfit deserves, but by rekindling the savvy sound techniques that have taken them this far, hopefully the rest of the world will catch up soon enough.
  5. Feb 1, 2012
    60
    Pretty much par for the course with the Gourds.