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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the ex-Smith Westerns duo of Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek was produced by Bradley Cook and Jonathan Rado.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
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  1. 85
    While Forever… stands as a cohesive work, its last three songs stand out, containing some of Whitney’s most powerful writing to date.
  2. Mojo
    Aug 28, 2019
    80
    Forever Turned Around tows the if-it-ain't broke line, a choice justified by nuggets such as My Life Alone and Before I Know It. [Oct 2019, p.89]
  3. Aug 29, 2019
    80
    Though the album delivers a jammy, two-minute instrumental in "Rhododendron," the track ultimately lands more like an interlude than an outlier, and Forever Turned Around very much plays out like a world-wearier continuation of Light Upon the Lake. Sometimes no big surprises is a welcome result.
  4. 75
    Ehrlich and Kakacek are perfectly in tune with each other, evoking ache and yearning on every note. If the record is not as immediately grabbing as Light Upon the Lake, it’s because it’s a slow burn, driven by a deep desire that blooms into a heart-wrenching splendor.
  5. Aug 28, 2019
    70
    Though relying on their well-worn instrumental strengths and lacking Light Upon the Lake's compositional variance, Forever Turned Around sharpens Whitney's songwriting for another intimate collection of heartfelt tunes.
  6. It’s a slow-burnin’ collection that’s certainly less immediate than their debut, and often feels like a retread instead of a progression. But that doesn’t make songs like ‘Friend of Mine’ and ‘Song For Ty’ any less enjoyable, as Elrich’s and Kazacek’s songwriting bond appears stronger than ever.
  7. Sep 18, 2019
    40
    There's nothing particularly grating about their gentle, country-pop stylings—most of which deal with themes such as nature, gratitude, and fleeting time. And these are all worthy topics to explore—except that every song sounds so gosh darn wholesome that it's as if they discourage against any deeper introspection.

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  1. Aug 30, 2019
    10
    The lyrics of this album, I feel, write to a place in people's hearts that not many albums go for. The feeling of isolation in a committedThe lyrics of this album, I feel, write to a place in people's hearts that not many albums go for. The feeling of isolation in a committed relationship. The aching feeling of slowly drifting apart. This album really speaks to me, and sonically it is inebriating. The use of silence so effortlessly just shows the care and thought that went into every song. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2019
    10
    Perfect, the career album. vocal, instrumental, perfect connections. Album of the year!
  3. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    One of the best album of 2019. The album is moody and entrancing. Buy the album!
  4. Aug 31, 2019
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. If you liked the first album you will absolutely love this album. Can't stop listening to it. Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2019
    8
    Forever turned around continues where Withney left us with Light upon the lake. A jazzy folk album with a sensitive apeasing voice. This albumForever turned around continues where Withney left us with Light upon the lake. A jazzy folk album with a sensitive apeasing voice. This album is very good. Expand