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  • Summary: The ninth full-length solo release for the singer-songwriter was recorded over four days in Nashville and was mixed by Tucker Martine.
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  1. Feb 1, 2018
    80
    Phillips’ melodies are solid and simplistically accessible, never swamping the lyric’s articulate message; protest songs have rarely been so polite in their persuasiveness.
  2. Feb 22, 2018
    80
    Full of heart, courage, and passion, Widdershins finds Grant-Lee Phillips going from strength to strength after The Narrows, and it ranks with his best solo efforts.
  3. 80
    Locating the sweet spot where spontaneity and polish meet, Widdershins swings in all the right directions.
  4. Feb 20, 2018
    80
    All told, it’s a finely wrought collection that could appeal to fans of The Decemberists or Vetiver as much as some of those longer-in-the-tooth bands.
  5. Feb 21, 2018
    80
    Widdershins may be one of those albums we play in a few years' time when we're having a "did that really happen?" moment. The great thing is, that regardless of the subject matter it's a fine piece of work.
  6. Magnet
    Apr 17, 2018
    70
    He's most successful when stripping down his lyrical ideas and melodic underpinnings to their simplest expressions, in a live-in-the-studio trio format. [No. 150, p.55]
  7. Mojo
    Feb 1, 2018
    60
    Protest and dissent rarely sounds less strident than on Widdershins, but any resistance to the dark tide is an inherently good thing. [Mar 2018, p.96]

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