Provider - Bry Webb
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  • Summary: This is the US release of the debut solo album for the Constantines frontman.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    Provider moans with the stuff of life--fatherhood, working full-time, joy, death--and it's one of the most mesmerizing things any songwriter can lay claim to in recent memory.
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    Provider is a stunning and revealing record full of worldly insight, and leaves you begging for more.
  3. Oct 3, 2012
    70
    Provider, though lovely, and featuring two outstanding acoustic songs in "Asa" and "Rivers of Gold," is not nearly the radical, aesthetic departure described in some initial reviews.
  4. 70
    Webb's knack for purging the sentimentality out of these seemingly trite topics of conversation is most commendable.
  5. Oct 18, 2012
    70
    Provider isn't necessarily going to settle old scores. Its a notable release, though, both as a new work by a talented singer-songwriter and as one of what one can only hope will be several satisfying postscripts in the narrative of a great band.
  6. Nov 30, 2012
    70
    File Provider with the best of Damien Jurado and Mark Kozelek, fellow travelers in the world of darkly compelling, unassumingly poetic acoustic ballads that are quiet but never soft.
  7. Oct 3, 2012
    60
    It's mostly just softly plucked, atmospheric guitar and Webb's weary vocals building up songs that are achingly slow, sombre and intimate.
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  1. Oct 3, 2012
    8
    What a turn for Webb! I miss the Cons, but he shines in a tastefully low key way on this album. At times the fact that this is a new project is audible to my ears, but I think this has legs. Hope to hear more. Expand