The Odessa Tapes

  • Record Label: New West
  • Release Date: Aug 28, 2012
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Sep 4, 2012
    80
    If it's more of an archival release than a necessary one, it's very listenable and catches an eccentric, odd little band of three fine songwriters doing that thing they did--and that they still do.
  2. 80
    The Odessa Tapes shows this was from the start a talented band, one with a clear vision of itself, that was going to Nashville with pride in its performing abilities and material.
  3. Sep 6, 2012
    89
    The Odessa Tapes has it all, most tellingly a warmth and intimacy foreign to More a Legend's typically starched Nashville conformity.
  4. Dec 21, 2012
    90
    A surprisingly quality recording of an incredible set, The Odessa Tapes plays like what it is: a miracle shrouded in modesty, and an ephemeral moment in time.
  5. Mojo
    Sep 4, 2012
    80
    This band played their earthly songs with far more gentle elegance than they deploy nowadays in their sporadic revival. [Sep 2012, p.102]
  6. Sep 12, 2012
    70
    These slightly older renditions are less polished and dynamic than the Nashville sessions and have a different kind of homespun charm. The 14 tracks here suggest the wide open spaces of Texas (where the studio was located) more than the countrypolitan sophistication of Nashvegas.
  7. 14 songs of keening, romantic acoustic music of great seriousness and lightness of being.

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