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  • Summary: Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, KT Tunstall, and M. Ward appear as guests on the latest Arizona-inspired solo release from the Giant Sand founder.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
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  1. Dec 5, 2013
    80
    It’s his excellently loose band (featuring M. Ward and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley), intimate vocals and fondness for chimes that keep the disintegrating threads woven together.
  2. Nov 4, 2013
    80
    Though occasionally confounding, it inevitably turns out to be time well spent.
  3. Nov 1, 2013
    80
    This ranks amongst Gelb's most vital albums in an already storied career.
  4. Nov 27, 2013
    80
    Gelb's voice remains sweet as sandpaper, setting a tone that's elegiac, lyrical and lovingly enigmatic. [No. 104, p.55]
  5. Nov 4, 2013
    76
    The torrid, languid, gritty tones of Tuscon—as a lyrical set piece as well as an active, ire-filled ambient swell--so overwhelm Gelb’s every spiritual and physical inch, it’s as if sand and silt oozes from his pores on moments.
  6. Jan 29, 2014
    70
    The resemblances don’t work on every song as Gelb takes some radical turns into experimental jazz and country rock that recall Charles Mingus and Neil Young more than literary Cohen, but on the whole this is the best Leonard Cohen album by someone other than Cohen himself in decades.
  7. Nov 1, 2013
    40
    The Coincidentalist, recorded by M Ward and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley, often sounds inauthentic and contrived.

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