The  Lights from the Chemical Plant Image
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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Nashville-based singer-songwriter was produced by Jacquire King.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 11, 2014
    90
    Ellis' purist, even traditionalist, voice is the perfect vessel for his sanguine portraits of ordinary people, battered and bruised but never without hope. [Mar 2014, p.72]
  2. Feb 11, 2014
    86
    Ellis broadens his musical reach beyond deadly accurate classic country to often austere arrangements that reflect his small etchings of real life without aggressive genre-coding.
  3. 80
    It’s the personal narratives that are the most poignant.
  4. Feb 28, 2014
    80
    It's an elusive and subjective notion, but it's impossible to listen to this rich, remarkable album and not be left thinking that this is the sound of Ellis coming into his own.
  5. Feb 14, 2014
    76
    Producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon, Norah Jones) gives each song a poppy slant even when the lyrical content wrestles with the jetsam of life.
  6. Apr 23, 2014
    60
    An album that falls between traditional and progressive country stools. [May 2014, p.89]
  7. Mar 12, 2014
    50
    Part of the problem remains in Ellis' reedy voice, which mutes the impact of the songs like the soul-stirring title track and a misplaced cover of Paul Simon's "Still Crazy After All These Years."

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