Out Of The Woods

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. It is a mellow, melodic album that switches between stripped-down, folk-inspired material, downtempo pop, and up-to-date productions designed for both home and club listening.
  2. Alternative Press
    80
    Woods is the best record EBTG never made, a new peak for Thorn in a career full of heights. [May 2007, p.162]
  3. Too many bleak ballads about lost love and runaways bring down the fun.
  4. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    A tasteful disco effort. [23 Mar 2007, p.61]
  5. A record to cool the blood and quicken the pulse.
  6. Mojo
    80
    The ballads bewitch, reminding us that Tracey is one of the unique British voices, up there with Dusty. [Apr 2007, p.100]
  7. Thorn's voice will always be a thing of undimmed charm and emotion, but the gulf between the music styles on display here, which flick from 70's disco, piano ballads and electro-pop seem like trying to keep a foot in both camps of the simpler days of her youth, and the ‘hip' dance crowd.
  8. Producer Ewan Pearson occasionally falters in connecting her vocals with the arrangements; there's a nice engagement on the slower, non-beat-driven tracks that you wish he'd mastered on the clubbier cuts.
  9. There isn't a duff or thoughtless moment.
  10. At this point in her career, Thorn shouldn't be courting the middle, and considering the best moments on Out of the Woods, she didn't have to, either.
  11. Out of the Woods is more of a reassertion than a reinvention; musically, it could be the direct follow-up to Temperamental.
  12. Q Magazine
    70
    One thing that hasn't changed is Thorn's voice, which is as warming and mellow as ever. [Apr 2007, p.122]
  13. Out Of The Woods... manages to seamlessly transition between understated chamber-pop ballads reminiscent of Annie Lennox and more hip, club-friendly fare.
  14. Spin
    80
    Call it Everything About The Girl. [Mar 2007, p.99]
  15. The spellbinding mix of shimmering folk and shimmying disco on Out of the Woods eclipses her past work.
  16. Often delirious but never silly, “Out of the Woods” cleverly upends clichés about what grown-up pop should sound like. [19 Mar 2007]
  17. Uncut
    80
    Most of the album sees producers Charles Webster and Ewan Pearson buiilding on the bedsit rave of "Missing" and the beatific drum'n'bass of Walking Wounded. [Apr 2007, p.120]
  18. Under The Radar
    50
    Much of the album has a cheesy '80s vibe. [#17, p.93]
  19. Urb
    60
    This quirky little record shouldn't lose any old fans and may just gain her a few new ones. [Apr 2007, p.108]
  20. A masterpiece showcasing Thorn's voice, songwriting, and taste.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Ameraal
    Sep 18, 2007
    10
    Definitely one of the best albums of 2007, almost perfect. features half a dozen 11/10 songs - it's all true, raise the roof, falling Definitely one of the best albums of 2007, almost perfect. features half a dozen 11/10 songs - it's all true, raise the roof, falling off a log, grand canyon, a-z, easy. Full Review »
  2. SimonC.
    May 30, 2007
    9
    Excellent album. Refreshing. Brings new sounds to the impressive collection of Everything but the girl...now that there's just the girl. Excellent album. Refreshing. Brings new sounds to the impressive collection of Everything but the girl...now that there's just the girl. Tracey thorn rocks. Full Review »
  3. Feriatus
    May 23, 2007
    9
    Best pop album of the year so far.