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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for the guitarist from South Carolina was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.
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  1. 80
    El Dorado is an inspiring and impressive work displaying another side of King’s talents, albeit one that he has shown glimpses of in the past. It’s certainly his most expressive and arguably finest recorded moment.
  2. Uncut
    Jan 14, 2020
    80
    [King] brings innate soulfulness to his performances on El Dorado. Each song has a distinct stylistic antecedent. [Feb 2020, p.29]
  3. Mojo
    Jan 14, 2020
    80
    If the arrangements and performances are as good as retro-rock gets--with veteran drummer Gene Chrisman and keyboard player Bobby Wood among Auerbach's American Sound Studio band they would hardly be otherwise--the lyrics seldom boast a single sentiment or turn of phrase which isn't threadbare. Otherwise, never a dull moment. [Feb 2020, p.92]
  4. Jan 14, 2020
    70
    There is a sense of motion to the record as a whole, which would make it a good driving companion. King may be looking in the rear-view mirror as he motorizes, but this record reveals the young man is moving forward in new ways.
  5. Rolling Stone
    Jan 14, 2020
    70
    An able soul shouter. ... At times suggesting an Allmans session at Hi Records. [Jan 2020, p.84]
  6. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jan 14, 2020
    70
    A set of songs that sound like someone's favourite record collection. [Feb 2020, p.89]
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