Traveling Alone - Tift Merritt
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 80
    Traveling Alone sounds like her best album yet.
  2. How you respond will depend on how you react to such gubbins being brought to bear on Merritt's A-to-B-and-back melodic sense. No doubting its realness, though.
  3. Dec 4, 2012
    65
    Merritt is skilled; she just needs to accept that and then actually travel alone into the music. [No. 93, p.57]
  4. Nov 2, 2012
    80
    Traveling Alone is an eleven track collection that speaks to Merritt's vision and outlook.
  5. Oct 2, 2012
    70
    The further Merritt strays from her default setting, the more affecting she is. [Nov 2012, p.79]
  6. 91
    Tift Merritt strips things down on her raw fifth album, letting her aching vocals and bewitching twang do all the convincing. [5 Oct 2012, p.77]
  7. Oct 2, 2012
    40
    With her extraordinary voice having gone AWOL, and with her producer having evidently fallen asleep at the mixing board, Merritt can't overcome Traveling Alone's fundamental dreariness.
  8. 80
    The depth and clarity of Ms. Merritt's singing make these songs feel properly lived in.
  9. Oct 2, 2012
    80
    The disc's winning blend of warm organic tones and smart atmospheric touches, recalls Emmylou Harris' Wrecking Ball--and could also be the breakthrough for Merritt that Ball was for Harris.
  10. Oct 2, 2012
    77
    This alone-in-a-crowd sound suits Merritt so well and makes Traveling Alone her best and most fully realized album yet.
  11. Oct 2, 2012
    80
    Traveling Alone feels more spontaneous and immediate than most of Tift Merritt's previous work, but it's no less beautiful or affecting for it.

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