The Wanting

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  • Summary: The fourth solo acoustic album for the guitarist was recorded in his apartment.
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  • Record Label: Thrill Jockey
  • Genre(s): Adult Alternative, Folk, New Age, Contemporary Instrumental, Neo-Classical, Solo Instrumental
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Mojo
    Sep 27, 2011
    Like all the best dreams. [Oct 2011, p.100]
  2. Sep 22, 2011
    If Jones' performances and compositions over the years have touched on themes of yearning and the past, with a soft echo into the present day, then it stand all the more to reason why the album title and the cover art--a guitar-playing cat, looking at the moon--should sum up the feeling of The Wanting so well.
  3. Sep 22, 2011
    This is music that makes its own space, creates its own landscape, and then invites you in.
  4. Sep 22, 2011
    Jones furthers the exploratory path he's committed himself to, with tranquil yet compelling acoustic steel-string guitar compositions built from thoughtful open tunings ("Of Its Own Kind"), expressive bottleneck guitar ("Even to Win Is to Fail"), and even banjo ("The Great Swamp Way Rout").
  5. Sep 22, 2011
    Perhaps whatever he's wishing for or doesn't have is something too personal or boring to tell.
  6. Uncut
    Sep 23, 2011
    A continuation of a grand tradition rather than a feeble descendant, Jones' custom tunings strike sourly sweet notes, occasionally--as on the title track--touching on raga modes. [Oct 2011, p.89]
  7. Nov 14, 2011
    He never gets beyond either producing a meditative song or joyful song. The difference between this album from all the millions of other acoustic albums out there? Not much.

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