Wilderness

Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Wilderness is nothing if not consistent, and even its dullest points are palatable given the right mood.
  2. The consistency of Wilderness' eleven songs is almost overwhelming.
  3. 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.
  4. Both fastidious and unassuming, Wilderness never begs for attention, but often rewards it just the same.
  5. It's complex, deeply melodic, carefully arranged and (for the most part) very satisfying.
  6. Under The Radar
    90
    A fantastic work of art from a modern master of pop music. [#9]
  7. Though the songs eschew familiar structures, their triumphant, readily accessible moments occur with surprising frequency; multiple hooks litter the lengthier compositions, and the shorter pieces usually contain at least two winsome passages.
  8. Wilderness is another absolute gem.
  9. Mojo
    80
    Showcases Prewitt as an original melodic writer and arranger. [Feb 2005, p.99]
  10. Uncut
    70
    His gentle voice sits amid occasionally baroque arrangements, the simplicity of which ensure his more complex songwriting skills remain accessible. [Feb 2005, p.76]
  11. Q Magazine
    70
    Jim O'Rourke's solo work comes to mind on tracks like Leaders, but there's more emotional depth here. [Feb 2005, p.102]
  12. The lyrics are urgent, but the delivery is complacent, and that makes for an odd (yet strangely rewarding) listening experience.
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    91
    Languidly pretty. [21 Jan 2005, p.88]
  14. For all it lacks in the pop-song department, it's not a bad pop record.
  15. The finest work of this talented individual's solo career thus far.
  16. A gentle yet insistent collection of songs, Wilderness is marked by its subtle beauty and meticulous attention to sonic detail.
  17. Planet
    80
    Love and heartbreak hasn't sounded this good since Matthew Sweet's Girlfriend. [#9, p.70]
  18. Prewitt combines the low-key melancholia of Nick Drake with the symphonic aspirations of Brian Wilson.
  19. Wilderness has a few disposable songs: the second half in particular drags on a little bit as different tracks become pretty much indistinguishable. However, the downtime and background amidst moments of appeal channels the spirit of ’70s AM radio pretty accurately.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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 anThis 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. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 5, 2005
    9
    Absolutely beautiful songs!
  3. AndrewT
    Apr 6, 2005
    9
    Could be his best work yet outside of S&C, including what he did with the Coctails