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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the British singer-songwriter was produced by Joshua Henry.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
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  1. Jan 17, 2020
    90
    Countless Branches, perhaps due to its profound yet intimate vision as well as its craft, just may be Fay's masterpiece.
  2. 85
    This is one of those rare records were extra additions aren't just unnecessary; fine as they are, the fuller arrangements of some of these same songs included here as bonus tracks suggest that Fay has cooked up material of such elemental and fragile beauty that any additional noises could easily scare away the magic.
  3. Uncut
    Jan 14, 2020
    80
    It's a warmer interpretation of Fay's celebration of and concern for the state of the world than on 2015's icier Who IS The Sender? [Feb 2020, p.22]
  4. Jan 14, 2020
    80
    It’s a lot to take in, and fresh corridors reveal themselves with each listen; it’s questionable whether they lead to any answers, and Fay would be the last person to claim they do, but it’s an intriguing exploration every step of the way.
  5. Mojo
    Jan 14, 2020
    80
    Instead of meeting fire with ire, there's an attempt to provide calm, clarity, a space to contemplate what really matters. [Feb 2020, p.93]
  6. Jan 22, 2020
    80
    Despite its shifts in style, Countless Branches is cohesive in terms of both sound and subject matter.
  7. Jan 21, 2020
    60
    There’s a solid, heartening release to be found in Countless Branches. It’s a shame that Fay and Dead Oceans didn’t take the opportunity to tease it out.

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  1. Feb 3, 2020
    10
    Another superb album both in the music and production. I have the vinyl De-lux version and it is a joy to listen to the high audio quality ofAnother superb album both in the music and production. I have the vinyl De-lux version and it is a joy to listen to the high audio quality of this record. The ten songs on the album are very good with a lot of space evident with minimal musicians used. The additional 7 songs on the De-lux version are bigger band versions of 4 songs from the album,two other 2 songs and a live studio version of At the Time of the Last Persecution.
    A classic.
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  2. Jan 25, 2020
    9
    Bill Fay's music is something truly special. The lyrics and compositions on this album are stripped down to the bones and it lets the power ofBill Fay's music is something truly special. The lyrics and compositions on this album are stripped down to the bones and it lets the power of his words take center stage, where they belong. Expand
  3. Jan 18, 2020
    8
    I can't believe that he released only two albums during the 1970s before his return this past decade of the 2010s. He is seriously underrated.I can't believe that he released only two albums during the 1970s before his return this past decade of the 2010s. He is seriously underrated. "Countless Branches" truly proves that, being one of the best folk albums I've heard in the last two years. It is a magnificently made albums, with very good and to-the-point production, given the folk genre's distinction, which is that it does not really depend on the production. In this album, Fay is frugal and his album is adorned with Doric simplicity. Hope he lives for many more years, to bless us with so fine folk music as this album. Expand