• Record Label: Kranky
  • Release Date: Nov 8, 2019
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
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  1. Nov 7, 2019
    90
    Both a departure from the expected modern/postmodern/future-possible sound he is usually credited with, but also an arrival at its very beginnings.
  2. Mojo
    Nov 7, 2019
    80
    Beat-less but involving standouts like Memphis Helena, with its plangent lead line intimately tracked by Nelson's hushed hazy intoning, and elegiac, rippling acoustic guitar-propelled Muriel Spark are as inexorable and immersive as a high summer sunset. [Dec 2019, p.92]
  3. The Wire
    Nov 20, 2019
    70
    Nelson used to use his voice to give focus to soundscapes; now they are means to express some uneasy feelings about country and relationships in the 21st century. [Dec 2019, p.52]
  4. Uncut
    Nov 7, 2019
    70
    A Son tilts slightly more towards conventional song structure, minimising electronics in favour of (mostly) acoustic guitars. [Dec 2019, p.30]
  5. Nov 7, 2019
    70
    A Son may be a return to Nelson's roots, but it still fits snugly within his catalog of spacious meditations.

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