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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the British producer/singer-songwriter was produced by Ryan Adams.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
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  1. Magnet
    Sep 18, 2014
    90
    This is an album with a lot of rich, rewarding darkness in its grooves. [No. 113, p.57]
  2. Uncut
    Jun 4, 2014
    80
    Johns suggesting a hunger for discovery still resides in us all, and his beautifully considered songs make for an emotive sat-nav. [Jul 2014, p.70]
  3. Mojo
    Jul 24, 2014
    80
    The songs effortlessly stand alone. [Jul 2014, p.86]
  4. 70
    [Producer Ryan Adams] allows Johns’ emotionally driven music to simply and effectively do its job, capturing a two day moment in time that will continue to resonate for years.
  5. 60
    It’s a pleasant enough effort, but lacks the distinctive touch that might set it apart in a very crowded field.
  6. Jun 2, 2014
    60
    The Reckoning sees Johns sounding comfortable in his own skin and making a quietly accomplished record.
  7. It’s lyrically weak, however, (sample: “The moon falls in your doorway”) and although there’s sparkle in the production, Johns reveals himself to be a far from charismatic singer.

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