Purpose & Grace


Universal acclaim - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. 90
    It's simply a great album from start to finish - wonderful tunes, superb musicianship, star guests and a unity of purpose about delivering a fitting tribute to the music he loves that raises this album to such a high level.
  2. Uncut
    Oct 18, 2011
    His strong, unfussy voice is endlessly empathetic and his guitar playing lithe and expressive. [Oct 2011, p.98]
  3. Mojo
    Oct 12, 2011
    Simpson's Indian summer roars on in an irrepressible blend of the English tradition and an unerring instinct for American material. [Oct 2011, p.106]
  4. Oct 6, 2011
    An album of great love and joy, Purpose + Grace confirms that Simpson remains at the top of his game.
  5. Oct 6, 2011
    There's only one new Simpson song here, a poignant tribute to a 50s Kentucky banjo player, and one new instrumental, inspired by Mike Waterson. The rest of the set consists mostly of brave reworkings.
  6. Oct 6, 2011
    Joined by an impressive who's-who of traditional British folk, its eclectic array of songs, spanning from the 17th century (Scottish ballad "Barbry Allen") right up to the mid-'90s (Bruce Springsteen's The Ghost of Tom Joad outtake, "Brothers Under the Bridge"), ensures that it's no ordinary covers album.

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