The Sound of His Own Voice - John Wesley Harding
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  • Summary: The latest album for the British folk-pop singer features members of The Decemberists as Harding's backing band, as well as appearances by R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, Roseanne Cash, Scott McCaughey, and Laura Veirs.
  • Record Label: Yep Roc
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 88
    Harding sounds invigorated and in great humor.
  2. Nov 4, 2011
    80
    It's one of the most consistently satisfying albums of his career, and sounds more like the proper follow-up to the excellent Here Comes the Groom than anything he's made since.
  3. Nov 4, 2011
    80
    Harding's adept at melding a simple slice of life with irresistible refrains, and that's what allows The Sound of His Own Voice to soar ever so sweetly.
  4. Nov 4, 2011
    70
    Harding's new album, The Sound of His Own Voice is yet another smorgasbord of flavorful musical dishes, but befitting his age--at 45 he's no longer the new anything--the best tracks are flavored with a pinch of nostalgia and a dash of regret.
  5. Nov 23, 2011
    60
    Harding here ups the comeback ante with a baker dozen of frothy, breezily melodic gems. [Dec 2011, p.84]
  6. Dec 22, 2011
    60
    It's packed with clever songwriting, wry observations and occasional Leonard Cohen-esque dark foreboding. [Jan 2012, p.120]