Wilderness - Archer Prewitt
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  • Summary: This is the fourth solo disc for the illustrator and Sea And Cake guitarist.
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  1. Wilderness is Prewitt’s most accomplished solo effort to date. He has craftily corralled the large scale orchestral sweep of White Sky, but kept the intimacy of the guitar/voice confessionalism of Gerroa Songs.
  2. A fantastic work of art from a modern master of pop music. [#9]
  3. The consistency of Wilderness' eleven songs is almost overwhelming.
  4. 80
    Love and heartbreak hasn't sounded this good since Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend. [#9, p.70]
  5. The lyrics are urgent, but the delivery is complacent, and that makes for an odd (yet strangely rewarding) listening experience.
  6. Jim O'Rourke's solo work comes to mind on tracks like Leaders, but there's more emotional depth here. [Feb 2005, p.102]
  7. Prewitt's songs take their time unfolding, giving the album a meditative quality that's pretty admirable. [#14, p.105]

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  1. AndrewT
    Apr 6, 2005
    9
    Could be his best work yet outside of S&C, including what he did with the Coctails
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 5, 2005
    9
    Absolutely beautiful songs!
  3. Sep 27, 2012
    9
    This is, for the most part, one bloke with a guitar making a lovely noise. Prewitt is generous with his melodies and hooks, providing an abundance of beautiful musical phrases. Timeless sound but does lack edge and variation, so some will not like it on those grounds. Expand
  4. JD
    Feb 8, 2005
    8
    zebob h, your criterion for judging music includes offensiveness? Would a little gang violence or misogyny improve your opinion? Is being and tasteful and hip now a supposed to be a detraction? Anyway, this is a great cd. My only complaints are the usage of cliched country slide guitar and generally bland arrangements on the later half of the album. If it could have lived up to the promise of the first track I would have given it a ten. If you've never heard of Prewitt then you are better off with his earlier cds: Three, or White Sky. Expand
  5. zebobh
    Jan 25, 2005
    6
    Prewitt is the type to win critic's praise: always tasteful, always hip. There is nothing offensive here, nor anything all that exciting. Indie blandness mitigated somewhat by great arrangements and textures. What critics consistently fail to note is that great arrangements do not make great songs. Expand
  6. KCCK
    Feb 15, 2005
    6
    I would not be surprised to hear this on a Pottery Barn compilation, or playing in the store. That's what people mean by inoffensive. And yes, that it is. Tasteful and inoffensive. Which do not a classic album make. It's a good easy listening CD for the jilted generation, and doesn't bother to transcend the genre. Expand
  7. JackW
    Mar 3, 2005
    6
    Each of the songs on the album have a rambling quality that prevents them from forming cohesive wholes. These are not pop songs traditionally crafted and melodically there is little that unites each composition. I find myself drifting off listening to this, not from relaxation but boredom. The songs don't strike me as particularly insightful nor beautiful. the pottery barn comment seems apt, but even here the songs lack the melodic robustness of norah jones style crooning. Expand

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