• Record Label: Island
  • Release Date: Aug 19, 2014
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
Buy On
  1. Aug 20, 2014
    90
    Bahamas Is Afie contains some of Jurvanen's best work to date, standing up there next to 2012's Barchords high benchmark "Lost In The Light."
  2. Aug 21, 2014
    80
    Bahamas Is Afie is an album that draws very specific parameters for itself and makes a point of staying well inside them. Bahamas never over-plays or over-shares, hence the resulting album is one that rewards repeated listens.
  3. Uncut
    Aug 19, 2014
    80
    Blessed by an amiably husky voice, Jurvanen unfurls elegant melodies and intelligent economical arrangements. [Sep 2014, p.67]
  4. Aug 19, 2014
    80
    As always, these include gorgeous guitar playing and pristinely arranged harmonies, and the gospel-inflected moments are especially effective.
  5. Aug 19, 2014
    80
    There is a warmth, joyfulness, and sly humor to Bahamas' sound here that keeps you listening even when Jurvanen turns toward melancholy sentiments, as he often does.
  6. 80
    Bahamas Is Afie is a triumph in soulful, roots music, and instead of just trying to sound old-timey, the record is full of personality.
  7. 75
    Bahamas Is Afie demonstrates a powerful agility and musical literacy on Jurvanen’s part, and its powers of seduction lie in how easy he makes it all look.
  8. Q Magazine
    Aug 29, 2014
    60
    It's hard to imagine Jurvanen can outpace his boss, but he's doing just fine. [Oct 2014, p.103]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 27, 2015
    10
    I really like the way that Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen) sings, plays, and writes music. His 3rd album really shines, picking up where BarchordsI really like the way that Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen) sings, plays, and writes music. His 3rd album really shines, picking up where Barchords left off in 2012 and adding a level of complexity and artistry to the composition of the songs that makes them great to listen to because of its muted genius. It's hard to find a throwaway track on the whole album. Full Review »