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  • Summary: Andrea Belfi, Stefano Pilia, and C. Spencer Yeh backed the indie singer-songwriter on his sixth solo release.
  • Record Label: Drag City
  • Genre(s): Experimental, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Apr 24, 2013
    80
    This is classic David Grubbs--which is to say a joy, but also that it's unbashedly disparate. [Apr 2013, p.50]
  2. Apr 22, 2013
    70
    This album is Grubb’s most cinematic and balanced offering yet. It slowly burns through his moods, explores his Western panoramas and phantasmagorical musings.
  3. Apr 30, 2013
    70
    For those who have enjoyed Grubbs’ wide-ranging career and don’t mind taking a 45-minute detour into the mind of a clearly talented guitarist and singer (complete with painful violin), The Plain Where The Palace Stood is good enough to demonstrate how great Grubbs can be when he hits the mark.
  4. Apr 19, 2013
    64
    The album shows that Grubbs’ music and his relationship to pop convention remains as distanced, fitfully frustrating, and stubbornly idiosyncratic as ever.
  5. Jun 18, 2013
    60
    It's hard to imagine droves of converts flocking to so abstruse a musical cocktail, but it's a welcome addition to the Grubbs canon, nonetheless. [Jul 2013, p.87]
  6. Apr 19, 2013
    60
    It's a tangled combination, but if you've got the patience it's worth trying to unpick. [May 2013, p.101]
  7. May 10, 2013
    30
    The failing of Plain, however, is its lack of direction and absence of cohesiveness. [No. 98, p.55]

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