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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
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  1. 100
    After he goes down on his knees and prays, as he promises he will, this album will be Exhibit A on his application.
  2. It's a rather beautiful thing.
  3. Apr 17, 2012
    91
    It's an exquisitely bittersweet meander through Wainwright's cobweb-strewn psyche liable to leave listeners laughing through tears and crying through laughter.
  4. 90
    You'd be mistaken to pass up the greatest album of Loudon Wainwright III's four-decade career, and an easy frontrunner for this year's best album, period, as 2012 enters its second half.
  5. May 9, 2012
    80
    Older Than My Old Man Now tackles serious topics with empathy and laughter. By looking at himself, Wainwright shows us what will someday happen to all of us.
  6. Apr 25, 2012
    80
    The autobiographical Older Than My Old Man Now is a gleefully morbid summing up of his life in which he ponders childhood, family history, aging and death with an attitude of incredulity that he should be 65 and turning out songs like "My Meds" and "I Remember Sex."
  7. Apr 19, 2012
    80
    It works, thanks to his bleak wit, his ability to match thoughtful lyrics against varied, mostly blues-based settings, and help from special guests.
  8. Uncut
    Apr 17, 2012
    80
    The rest is a warm and hilarious mediation of mortality. [May 2012, p.83]
  9. Apr 17, 2012
    80
    The confessions on Older Than My Old Man Now can be startling.
  10. Apr 16, 2012
    80
    This marvelous album will resonate with sons, daughters, parents, spouses or those mindful of their mortality. In other words: everyone.
  11. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    At 15 tracks, it's possibly a bit too long - but this is a man who's lived one hell of a life and has a lot of tales to tell. Indeed, it's a fair shout that this could well be the most entertaining autobiography you'll listen to all year.
  12. May 9, 2012
    70
    Wainwright has a true gift for turning heartbreak into brilliant folk rock.
  13. Apr 17, 2012
    70
    It's riveting stuff; here's hoping the story doesn't end for a long time.
  14. Apr 13, 2012
    70
    Copious candid personal insights are shared with the gravitas of Johnny Cash over a bit of blues here, a fleck of folk there, and country stylings aplenty.
  15. Apr 27, 2012
    60
    Older Than My Old Man Now contains some excellent work when Wainwright's not putting on false bravado or bullshitting, but ultimately, this is for his hardcore fans rather than casual ones.
  16. Q Magazine
    Apr 25, 2012
    60
    Despite moments of brilliance, at 15 songs long the self-obsession sometimes grates. [May 2012, p.108]
  17. Mojo
    Apr 20, 2012
    60
    Amid the thoughts of ultimate demise, the creative juices never cease to flow.[May 2012, p.88]
  18. 60
    Best of all is "The Day That We Die", Rufus Wainwright oozing mournfully with his dad about the way that familial potholes prove so difficult to repair.
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  1. May 7, 2012
    9
    A beautiful, wonderful, funny/heart-wrenching, thought-provoking record from Mr. Wainwright III as he looks back on what is, what was and whatA beautiful, wonderful, funny/heart-wrenching, thought-provoking record from Mr. Wainwright III as he looks back on what is, what was and what could have been. Stirring, emotional ballads ('In C') mix with humorous ditties ('My Meds') in a joyful/painful looking back/forward at life. With the exceptions of 'Date Line' and 'I Remember Sex', one of Loudon's best records ever, IMO. The other 13 tunes rate a '10.' Full Review »