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  • Summary: The third full-length release for the Los Angeles singer-songwriter was produced with Ty Segall and features contributions from Mikal Cronin, Nick Murray and Segall.
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  1. Aug 30, 2019
    80
    Shannon Lay lives in the real world even as she's fascinated with all that is not obvious to us, and she's rarely in better form than on August. Anyone this good certainly deserves not to work in retail.
  2. Q Magazine
    Aug 20, 2019
    80
    It's a seductive, refreshing but gratifyingly purposeless ride. [Sep 2019, p.1110]
  3. Uncut
    Aug 20, 2019
    80
    An album that takes nothing for granted, that doesn't consider your attention a gift, that wants to impart something profound to you. Trust her. [Sep 2019, p.28]
  4. Mojo
    Aug 20, 2019
    80
    There is sweetness--Shuffling Stoned's hyperfocused vignette; the title track's mystical George Harrison drone--but August feels like the product of a wandering mind deliberately slipping through the cracks. [Sep 2019, p.89]
  5. Aug 27, 2019
    77
    The album has a telepathic quality to it, like Sandy Denny working with Richard Thompson and John Wood on The North Star Grassman and the Raven, or Elliott Smith mind-melding with Rob Schnapf and Tom Rothrock for Either/Or. Lay’s lyrics find depth and meaning in everyday moments.
  6. Aug 20, 2019
    70
    There is a simmering sense of joy and positivity throughout, even while the lyrical content often remains affectingly bittersweet. Lay's voice is soft and lovely, and her vocals are more meandering than melodic. But her voice also carries an unpretentious gravitas that helps to ground the album.
  7. Aug 21, 2019
    70
    It’s less Nick Drake-y than Lay’s last effort, and it feels more self-assured and hopeful.
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