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  • Summary: Recorded in an old copper mine, a wood barrel-making shop, and other unique places in a mining town, the sixth solo album for the British folk singer-songwriter was self-produced.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 17, 2012
    80
    A definite return to form. [May 2012, p.77]
  2. Apr 17, 2012
    80
    Unhitched from a major label, he has opted for a starker, more contemplative approach and sounds the better for it.
  3. Apr 17, 2012
    70
    Tales From Barrel House is by no means without flaw, it's too untameable for that--but when it shines at its brightest, it is every bit as alive as the people and lands it attempts to portray.
  4. Apr 20, 2012
    70
    The music is an acquired taste but Tales From The Barrel House is certainly a modern musical artisan at work.
  5. Apr 17, 2012
    70
    The subject matter may be familiar territory, but this is no comfort zone.
  6. Lakeman writes, sings, plays, produces and mixes, which may or may not explain the rather dry, stoney sound of the album and the rhythmic forthrightness of the playing.