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  • Summary: The eighth full-length solo release for the Chicago experimental artist was recorded at his home in Evanston, Illinois.
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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. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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]