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  • Summary: The latest release for the New York-based singer-songwriter was produced by Tortoise's John McEntire and features contributions from Bill MacKay, Nancy Ives, Douglas Jenkins, Ryan Jewell, and Andrew Scott Young.
  • Record Label: Husky Pants Records
  • Genre(s): Folk, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Alternative Folk, Guitar Virtuoso
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  1. 90
    With the totally triumphant Course In Fable, Walker has devised the ultimate two finger salute to anyone who has ever pinned him down as an artist chained to vintage inspirations: this exciting, moving, beautiful and complex album sounds only and exclusively like Ryley Walker music. Listen to it with the attention it so richly deserves, and rewards.
  2. Uncut
    Apr 1, 2021
    It's a short, ineluctably lovely set, light, bright and often dizzyingly joyful, but also thrillingly unpredictable, with complex, jazzy arrangements against which Walker's phasing gently pushes and pulls. [May 2021, p.16]
  3. Apr 1, 2021
    Ryley Walker’s approach strips back well-worn truths, to reveal something startling underneath.
  4. Mojo
    Apr 1, 2021
    It flits between rigorous, tricksy composition and kinetic improv. [May 2021, p.78]
  5. Apr 23, 2021
    Having the backstory on Walker’s path to sobriety isn’t necessary to appreciate Course In Fable. There’s enough allure in Walker and guitarist Bill MacKay’s elaborate latticework of glazed melodies and modal chords that call to mind McEntire’s other band The Sea and Cake, and how drummer Ryan Jewell floats through it all with loose, jazzy flourishes.
  6. Apr 7, 2021
    For such a prolific, genre-blurring artist, we are lucky as listeners that all the pieces Ryley Walker’s set up over the past decade could coalesce in such a fine, tight 40 minutes.
  7. Apr 2, 2021
    Overall, Walker’s fifth solo effort is a perfectly imperfect package with significant potential and just enough expanse to keep things interesting.

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  1. May 29, 2021
    the last song, "Shiva with Dustpan", is the catchiest and should probably be listed to first for anyone who is not prepared for the manythe last song, "Shiva with Dustpan", is the catchiest and should probably be listed to first for anyone who is not prepared for the many detours Walker takes in his beautiful songs. Its worth saying, the whole album is amazing and deserves multiple listens to decipher. Archer Prewiit meets Built to Spill, songs within songs there is a correlation in rock n roll for sure between artists like this. Expand