The Dreamer

  • Record Label: Verve
  • Release Date: Nov 8, 2011
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. The physical and even mental diminution enriches the music.
  2. 83
    Snarling through covers as far-flung as "Welcome to the Jungle" and Little Big Town's "Boondocks," James brings some welcome grit to the retirement-album game.
  3. Uncut
    Dec 12, 2011
    80
    A supremely sassy swansong. [Jan 2012, p.90]
  4. Nov 16, 2011
    80
    The production might be slick, but James relaxes into this framework, providing the necessary lived-in looseness.
  5. 80
    As a swansong, it's as fine as might be expected given the circumstances.
  6. James's voice is slightly diminished but not so as to sound like anything other than itself. She's the real deal.
  7. 75
    We get a career-twilight portrait of James and her darker-than-ever voice in a set of moody, bluesy and slow-jam groove numbers.
  8. 70
    On The Dreamer, James includes some unlikely song choices, and most of them work.
  9. Nov 9, 2011
    70
    The Dreamer is a fitting--if not perfect--bookend to one of American popular music's most iconic lives.

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