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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo release for the former Woods bassist was inspired by cities and music of the mid-70s.
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I have been to the mountain And I have walked on the shore I have seen But I can't see 'em no more Round the mouth Make an echo Destroy the... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 20
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  1. Jun 12, 2017
    100
    More candid but just as magical, City Music is another magnificent record from Morby.
  2. Uncut
    Jun 6, 2017
    90
    This wired counterpart [to 2016's lush Singing Saw]pays tribute to a New York tat now exists only in the songwriter's head, or his record collection. [Jul 2017, p.35]
  3. Jun 21, 2017
    81
    It’s not hard to hear City Music as a lament for lost innocence, a pledge to maintain optimism and humanity at a time when those qualities don’t just feel like vestiges of youth, but of some better civilization that’s rapidly disappearing. In his best album yet, Morby makes a prayer out of the squall.
  4. Jun 14, 2017
    77
    City Music doesn’t hustle and bustle. But it won’t let you miss it, either.
  5. 70
    While City Music certainly doesn’t surpass Singing Saw, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to hear Morby take a walk on the wild side.
  6. Jun 14, 2017
    70
    It’s clear that after a year on the road with the same musicians he’s back into thinking in band mode and how songs will best be served by a four piece line-up. This result is more fully-realised songs.
  7. Jun 20, 2017
    50
    Unfortunately, Morby's latest effort seems to purposefully aim for the very middlest of the road.

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  1. Jul 13, 2017
    9
    Kevin Morby's latest record "City Music" confronts the clash between rural upbringing and urban adulthood. Subtle, often beautiful andKevin Morby's latest record "City Music" confronts the clash between rural upbringing and urban adulthood. Subtle, often beautiful and dripping with nostalgia, here, Kevin is trying to find a easy-going path through an urban life often so relentless.

    The end result is one of nuance and musical mastery.

    9/10
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  2. Jun 26, 2017
    8
    In City Music Kevin Morby carries you in his much musical diversity through the urban areas of the USA. Effectively the loneliness of the mainIn City Music Kevin Morby carries you in his much musical diversity through the urban areas of the USA. Effectively the loneliness of the main character is incorporated into the musical cohesion, from the amazing sounds of the acoustic guitar to the dark tones of the organ. In addition, the album is full of musical references to the music of the Velvet Underground and especially Lou Reed. Often the songs returns to the past, but nowhere does this relate to the story in the big city. Whether it's the nightly lights in a metropolis or the way you stumble across the busy streets of New York, Morby gives you the feeling that you are part of the story. And this story shows the growth of him as a musician, the processing of each chapter in the textual and musical. 8/10

    Full review in Dutch: https://www.platendraaier.nl/albumrecensies/kevin-morby-city-music/
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