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  • Summary: Jim White's wife left him for another man while he was working on this album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 21, 2012
    90
    It's clear that White's bravery in baring his soul has resulted in a quiet masterpiece.
  2. Feb 23, 2012
    80
    An excellent collection of soul-bearing Americana.
  3. Tracks such as "Epilogue to a Marriage" here, serve as a reminder that there's always room for the real thing, and you'll know it when it hits you.
  4. 70
    The Athens-based multi-instrumentalist is joined by an assortment of similarly rootsy musicians who help flesh out some of these generally atmospheric yet always moving pieces, many of which only reveal their subtle allures after repeated playings.
  5. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    White delivers a heaviness at times, but the disc never bogs down.
  6. Feb 17, 2012
    70
    Through the heartache, there is a sophisticated definition of sound; this is no guts-on-the-floor album of raw country blues.
  7. 60
    White's albums have tendrils that imperceptibly wrap themselves around one's attention; and such is the case here.

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  1. Jul 25, 2013
    9
    Album of the year so far for me so far. Seeing him live and seeing how much he puts into his music just makes you appreciate it more. An album of heartbreak and optimism that you can feel in your bones. Expand