Roots & Crowns - Califone

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Califone has worked, skillfully, with all of these styles and sounds before, but they’ve never left the table with a more realized, delicate treatment.
  2. Roots and Crowns is bluesy and soulful without reverting to revivalist schtick, and experimental without relying on blind cut-and-pasting.
  3. Califone are continuing the progressive refinement of their roots, giving an assured argument for the possibilities ignored by folk musicians enslaved to tradition and a smart recall to all the forward-thinking others who have moved too completely and arrogantly on.
  4. Califone’s latest offering is not to be missed and certainly one of the best albums of 2006.
  5. Building from the past to reinvent the future, they created something wholly remarkable for the here and now. [#15]
  6. 80
    Things are more cinematic here, with every melody weaving through a mise-en-scene packed with dramatic incident. [Nov 2006, p.101]
  7. The songs themselves are easy to approach if difficult to decipher, and the production details reward repeated listens.
  8. The band's best collage of cross-bred eras yet. [Oct 2006, p.75]
  9. Even at its most pieced-together and deconstructed, Califone's music feels organic.
  10. Instead of wandering into opaque experimentation, as they’ve been known to do in the past, they corral those unruly elements into a series of hummable, memorable tunes.
  11. At times much like a soundtrack to life’s sombre and reflective moments, Roots And Crowns’ clutter-free design is a nice reminder that good music needs no window dressing.
  12. 70
    The studio noodling on Roots & Crowns sounds fittingly organic and effortless. [Oct 2006, p.117]
  13. Roots & Crowns encircles the listener and flows effortlessly as each song melts into the next in bewitching bliss.
  14. Yeah, it’s a mite catchier than Heron King Blues, but Roots & Crows ain’t much of a stylistic shift from Rutili and pals’ earlier material.
  15. 60
    Here, [Califone] take a straighter path on their seventh album... but with the same basic ingredients. [Nov 2006, p.97]
  16. There's not a single song that's captivating enough to hold our attention. [Dec 2006, p.188]

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