Tarpaper Sky - Rodney Crowell
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  • Summary: After his Grammy-winning collaboration with Emmylou Harris, the singer-songwriter returns with his 14th self-produced solo release.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
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  1. Apr 16, 2014
    91
    Like most projects released by Americana singer/songwriter or heritage acts, Tarpaper Sky is best enjoyed like a book, in its entirety as opposed to a chapter here and there.
  2. Apr 11, 2014
    90
    This is just vintage Crowell, which is to say that Tarpaper Sky is an essential record by one of the best.
  3. 80
    Tarpaper Sky finds him relaxed and confident in his craft.
  4. Apr 11, 2014
    80
    Throughout, Crowell’s versatile, impassioned voice is in fine fettle, a confident mix of goofiness and longing, anticipation and excitement, sadness and sentimentality, as if he’s just now entering a new prime. He might well be.
  5. Apr 14, 2014
    80
    This is Crowell at his best: focused, balanced, clever, at times profound. It's a welcome return to form.
  6. May 20, 2014
    80
    The Long Journey Home and God, I'm Missing You might look back at the past, but Crowell's best years are right now. [Jun 2014, p.107]
  7. Apr 17, 2014
    60
    There’s a tendency for Crowell’s music to be a tad too literal from time to time and a few tracks suffer from this perspective. The hits outweigh the misses, though.

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