Whole New You

  • Record Label: Columbia
  • Release Date: Mar 27, 2001
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8

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  1. MattM
    Jul 7, 2002
    7
    Though not as monumentally moving as "A Few Small Repairs," "Whole New You" is full of deeply personal love songs, and Colvin and collaborator John Leventhal really know how to craft a fine song. A few dull songs slow down this otherwise brisk and listenable album.
  2. SueB.
    Sep 1, 2001
    8
    The long-awaited collection of new songs from one of the country's best singer-songwriters is a welcome digression from teen-pop and broken beats, a walk in the forest on a hot summer day. Motherhood has taken some of the sharpness off Colvin's edgy view of the world, but the lyrics still cut through the simple-but-fitting musical arrangements. This album has been living in my The long-awaited collection of new songs from one of the country's best singer-songwriters is a welcome digression from teen-pop and broken beats, a walk in the forest on a hot summer day. Motherhood has taken some of the sharpness off Colvin's edgy view of the world, but the lyrics still cut through the simple-but-fitting musical arrangements. This album has been living in my CD rack for weeks -- it hasn't gotten tired yet. Expand
  3. [Anonymous]
    Jul 20, 2002
    10
    Fantastic effort realized beautifully. May not grab you by the balls on the first listen-through, but soon thereafter, anyone with a heart or a mind will be reeling...she is genius!
  4. Krissi
    Jul 27, 2003
    9
    Gorgeous, often insightful and finally, moving. Dave Matthews does the backing vocals for almost an angel. :o)
  5. MackyE
    Dec 21, 2004
    10
    She is one of the best artists in America, this is a really great album , Its a pity she does not recieve more aclaim.

Awards & Rankings

Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    As a singer, the South Dakota-born, Ontario and Illinois-raised Colvin occupies a niche between pensive Sheryl Crow and pre-jazz Joni Mitchell: no histrionics but a telling, often moving restraint.
  2. I don't think this collection has quite the edge of Repairs, yet there are enough sepia portraits of romantic angst, enough evocations of exposed sensitivity, sufficient signs that this mistress of the melancholy will once again win the hearts of earlier subscribers to her work.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    Now that she's on the mommy track, Colvin writes about the impossibility of leaving, much less returning, with a torch. [3/30/2001, p.68]