Old Yellow Moon - Rodney Crowell
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 19, 2013
    80
    The pair bring a gritty stiffness to Tim McGraw's Open Season on My Heart and Harris brings a searing power to Patti Scialfa's Spanish Dancer.
  2. Jun 4, 2013
    80
    Unashamedly traditional it may be, but there will be few better country records released this year.
  3. Mar 12, 2013
    80
    It might be a record looking to the past, but it has Harris and Crowell doing some of the best work of their careers. [Apr 2013, p.103]
  4. Mar 7, 2013
    80
    It's one of those records where less is most definitely more. [Apr 2013, p.90]
  5. The result is an album of solid country virtue.
  6. Mar 1, 2013
    80
    Old Yellow Moon is not, however, a sombre anticipation of mortality akin to the American Recordings series of Crowell's one-time father-in-law Johnny Cash. The general tone of Old Yellow Moon is of faintly rueful happiness at being here, doing this. [Apr 2013, p.68]
  7. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    On Old Yellow Moon, in that hokiest of country traditions--the boy/girl duet--an old alliance triumphs with charm.
  8. Feb 28, 2013
    80
    Old Yellow Moon will be well worth remembering.
  9. Feb 27, 2013
    80
    Old Yellow Moon, which walks a line between retro-country and retro-rock with a sure and satisfying sense of balance, is a touching paean to an age, an idiom, and a man.
  10. Feb 27, 2013
    80
    The highpoint is perhaps Allen Reynolds’ jewel “Dreaming My Dreams With You,” a bittersweet waltz that harvests lives lived in songs, hopes and the love of one who could never quite be. When the pair’s voices merge in an ethereal “ooooh” over the bridge, the potency of their shared history enters a sublime realm beyond words.
  11. 80
    The reunion was a long time coming and exudes the tasteful sophistication and sympathetic camaraderie you’d expect from this pair of veterans reveling in each other’s presence.
  12. Apr 4, 2013
    75
    Emmylou and Rodney seem at their best with the more up-tempo offerings like Kris Kristofferson’s “Chase the Feeling” and “Bluebird Wine,” which features Rodney’s playful vocals.
  13. Feb 27, 2013
    70
    While this doesn't carry the weight of an "historic" recording, it is thoroughly enjoyable. Harris is in better voice than she's been in years and Crowell is a natural as a duet partner.
  14. Mar 13, 2013
    67
    Occasional miscues, including the frivolous "Black Caffeine" and mawkish "Open Season on My Heart," break the spell at times, but Old Yellow Moon still sounds like a couple of friends sitting around the kitchen table sharing songs.
  15. Apr 8, 2013
    60
    Modest, low-key, and unassuming, Old Yellow Moon is finally too conventional a record to rank as a major addition to either Harris or Crowell’s discographies.
  16. Mar 22, 2013
    60
    Moon might be a bit of a victory lap, but it's a fun ride nonetheless. [Mar-Apr 2013, p.106]
  17. 60
    “Here We Are” and “Back When We Were Beautiful” treat ageing with wistful nobility, Harris's voice cracking poignantly on the latter, while Crowell delivers a trenchant version of Kris Kristofferson's self-lacerating drug song “Chase the Feeling.”
  18. Mar 15, 2013
    55
    The musicianship is smart and faultless, but also too subtle. [No. 96, p.54]

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