Two Matchsticks - Wooden Birds
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Jul 8, 2011
    80
    Though the music is breezy, Kenny's sage, unfussy meditations on life and love add welcome weight.
  2. Jun 30, 2011
    73
    Patient, generous, and smart, the song proves that while Kenny does well to maintain the Wooden Birds' solitary core, he does well to expand it occasionally, too.
  3. Jun 16, 2011
    75
    The music remains well within Kenny's comfort zone, but it's evolved beyond a one-man show.
  4. Jun 10, 2011
    80
    Unlike Magnolia, which sounded like a band trying on a style for size, Two Matchsticks is a perfectly tailored record that works as an extension of American Analog Set, but will also please any fan of thoughtful, simple acoustic-ish pop.
  5. 70
    Two Matchsticks marks and forges a charm of its own.
  6. Jun 10, 2011
    70
    I'm not sure what fans of the American Analog Set are going to think about Kenny's move into country and folk territory, but Two Matchsticks, which is its own form of slow-core, is a quiet, lilting little album that is strong enough, full of a warm gauze of soft ballads, to tide over fans for the time being.
  7. Jun 17, 2011
    80
    [Andrew Kenny] The Austin native has never sounded so loose and assured as he does on Matchsticks. [Jul 2011, p.112]
  8. Jun 16, 2011
    67
    The sophomore effort's growth lies in its outlook, which still churns restlessly under his melodic pull, with an older, more reflective tone defined at the outset on openers "Folly Cub" and "Two Matchsticks" and bleeding through the weariness of "Company Time."
  9. Jun 10, 2011
    60
    Two Matchsticks evokes the Everly Brothers' sibling intimacy, but Kenny's lonely campfire songs cling to a limited number of minor keys, similar tempos, and virtually identical arrangements.
  10. Jun 10, 2011
    60
    There's a sharp, crisp quality to most of these songs, Kenny keeps them short with a simple, often elegant presentation. [May 2011, p.82]

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