White Wilderness

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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter recorded the album live over three days with the Magik*Magik Orchestra.
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  • Record Label: Dead Oceans Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Chamber Pop
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 16, 2011
    88
    This music reminds us that subtlety is sometimes worth the time it takes to comprehend it.
  2. Feb 16, 2011
    80
    It's not that he's become Sinatra, but over the nine songs of the release he brings his ruminative, elegant creative ear to some excellent partners in the Magik Magik Orchestra.
  3. Mojo
    Apr 6, 2011
    80
    While White Wilderness lacks the edge of Emerald City it's an inspired set of songs decorated by Minna Choi's imaginative orchestrations. [Apr 2011, p.101]
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    70
    Vanderslice's approach may be more direct here, more immediate, but the results resonate just as deeply as anything he could have worried over in the studio, and it ranks right up there near the top of his impressive run of records.
  5. Under The Radar
    Mar 9, 2011
    70
    Though lyrically intimate, White Wilderness is a grand affair. [Feb 2011, p.72]
  6. 70
    With the orchestra, Vanderslice is able to maintain the best-friend-telling-secrets feel of his previous work, while expanding the sound to make it feel more like an orchestral soundscape of all your best friends telling you the same secret. Or maybe the secret is just much, much grander.
  7. Feb 16, 2011
    50
    This album simply lacks the impact that Vanderslice's trademark sound usually packs in abundance. The bare bones of his usually excellent songwriting are there, but it's more constrained by the orchestration than set free.

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