Traveling Alone - Tift Merritt
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  • Summary: Produced by Tucker Martine, the fifth studio album for the New York-based singer-songwriter features Jay Brown, John Convertino, Eric Heywood, and Marc Ribot as guest musicians.
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  1. 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]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 80
    Traveling Alone sounds like her best album yet.
  6. 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.
  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.

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