What's It All About - Pat Metheny
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  • Summary: The latest album for the artist is a solo acoustic guitar album that covers some classic pop songs from 1960 to the 1970s.
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  1. Jul 1, 2011
    83
    It's not the challenging listening experience that such recent albums as "Orchestrion" (2010) and "The Way Up" (2005) provided, but "What's It All About" is Metheny at his most genteel.
  2. Jun 30, 2011
    80
    For those with open minds and without unfair expectations of artists, it will be another fascinating addition to a long and exceptional career.
  3. Aug 26, 2011
    80
    Metheny returns with a beautifully understated acoustic album whose virtue is its bare-boned simplicity. [Sept. 2011, p. 98]
  4. Jun 20, 2011
    70
    Metheny transforms balladic pop tunes into abnormally sophisticated easy listening.
  5. Fusion fans might be confused but as a sentimental affirmation of melody it's Metheny to the core.
  6. Jun 24, 2011
    70
    These flashes of stylistic innovation are rare. For the most part, it's all supremely controlled, sweetly inoffensive and velvety smooth.
  7. Jun 20, 2011
    60
    The affection is winning, as is Metheny's mastery of the guitar and harmonic subtlety, but the tone of ruminative gentleness does start to seem unvaried.

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