Soul Journey

  • Record Label: Acony
  • Release Date: Jun 3, 2003
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Mojo
    100
    All in all, it's pretty much perfect. [Jul 2003, p.100]
  2. Soul Journey might sound downbeat and lonesome, wistful and dusty, but this is gospel music compared to what went before.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Her smoky Appalachian porch moan has never sounded deeper, realer or sexier. [6 June 2003, p.79]
  4. Uncut
    90
    A highly satisfying bridge between the log-cabin museum pieces of Revival and Hell Among The Yearlings and a more rockin', Basement Tapes-ish Americana. [Album of the Month, Aug 2003, p.96]
  5. The approach Welch and partner David Rawlings bring to the material feels crafted for private enjoyment rather than public consumption, and the end result is not only Welch's most personal work to date but one of her most emotionally satisfying as well.
  6. Fans and Luddites will find much to treasure when dropping this platter on the Victrola.
  7. Soul Journey finds her and collaborator David Rawlings making subtly searing front-porch folk-country, often sparing the embellishments for songs that are by turns raw, spare, direct, and achingly pretty.
  8. Finds Welch showing more warmth, ease, and openness as both singer and songwriter.
  9. Soul Journey takes off in more than one new direction.
  10. Soft, warm, but still interestingly distant.
  11. Blender
    70
    A condensed, highly disciplined work. [#17, p.147]
  12. Q Magazine
    70
    It's the songs not the approach which set her apart. [Aug 2003, p.116]
  13. Aside from a handful of real solid honest-to-gosh gems, the whole album feels a little too casual and off-the-cuff to stand on equal footing with her other recordings.
  14. There is a shortage of pathos, and relatively little ventured musically and lyrically from a songwriting team responsible for some of the most tortured, searching music of recent years.
  15. Her slow, earnest songs... don't have the texture of those from her three previous albums.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. GordonR
    Sep 19, 2003
    9
    1st GW cd I've heard and I'm very impressed