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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Tennessean country singer was produced by Kevin Agunas and Dan Auerbach.
  • Record Label: Concord
  • Genre(s): Folk, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 100
    It's music that slips between the generic niches favoured by broadcasters; but isn't that exactly where the most interesting music comes from?
  2. Aug 30, 2013
    90
    Pushin' Against The Stone is a rare case when a young artist's natural instincts are spot-on. As both a singer and songwriter, June is a major talent with unlimited potential.
  3. Oct 4, 2013
    89
    Pushin' Against a Stone showcases a stunning and unique new voice.
  4. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    The album has a studied looseness that's never contrived, and it shows a poise and clarity of vision which her earlier efforts barely suggested
  5. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    Valerie call this "organic moonshine roots music"--it's the perfect phrase to sum up her glorious sound. [Jul 2013, p.88]
  6. Sep 3, 2013
    76
    Most of the album was recorded at The Black Keys’ studio in Nashville and favors bluesy twangs, folksy fiddles and country slide guitars.
  7. Aug 12, 2013
    60
    If there's a fault, the self-consciously retro production doesn't push her far enough. [Jul 2013, p.106]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Feb 19, 2014
    8
    Good luck trying to fit this album in a specific genre. There's blues, folk, some country, and other things too. And they all sound wonderful. But more than the music, her voice is truly enchanting. It feels like out of this world. The lyrics are beautiful as well.

    I wish more people would hear this. The best tracks: Somebody to Love, and the title track (it has a kick-ass guitar solo).
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