Where Shall You Take Me

Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 12
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 12
  3. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    [Jurado] may be our generation's Neil Young. [Apr 2003, p.78]
  2. Mojo
    100
    While the comparisons to Springsteen's Nebraska and Gillian Welch's Time (The Revelator) are obvious, they don't do justice to Jurado's wholly original craft. [Jun 2003, p.98]
  3. Uncut
    90
    Not for the faint-hearted, Damien Jurado is a habit which won't necessarily bring joy to the listener. But once acquired, you will find it hard to kick. [Apr 2003, p.106]
  4. The Wire
    90
    Jurado's spare, edgy songs are miniature masterpieces of mood and character. [#229, p.68]
  5. There's a core of strength running through this darkly unobtrusive music which lends it a coherence of vision, drawing as it does on place and character as it roams the less fashionable byways of an older America, hitching the frayed strands of the past to the lurching wagon of the present.
  6. 80
    Easily Jurado's most successful album, both musically and lyrically.
  7. A small triumph, but a triumph nonetheless.
  8. Magnet
    80
    Less, in this case, proves to be much more; Jurado's songs just cut closer when unadorned. [#58, p.95]
  9. His most rewarding and assured work yet.
  10. The sparse and largely unobtrusive music, and Jurado’s wanting vocal range place the emphasis on storytelling, one his strongest assets. The results, however, are a mixed bag.
  11. Jurado's songwriting is solid, if sometimes slightly bland -- but a lack of idiosyncrasy is to be expected when an artist references such a recognizable, well-mined sound.
  12. Where Shall You Take Me? brings Jurado back to familiar, minimalist territory.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. JohnW
    Apr 19, 2005
    8
    its not quite rehearsals for departure, but its close
  2. bjorkboll
    Apr 20, 2003
    8
    Beats Will Oldham at his own game. Reminiscent of old american traditionals, especially when Rosie Thomas' vocals transcend time and space.
  3. willieb
    Mar 25, 2003
    9
    Not since I See A Darkness has someone so succesfully spun the thin thread that lies between hope and despondency. Far and away his best work Not since I See A Darkness has someone so succesfully spun the thin thread that lies between hope and despondency. Far and away his best work in years; Jurado hits both points high and low (albeit more frequently) with comparable eclat. Full Review »