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  • Summary: The fourth full-length solo release for the Nashville guitarist was produced by Bradley Cook and Tucker Martine.
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  1. 85
    While it’s difficult to not fully engulf yourself in his ethos from the LP’s sit-in folk jam stylings to even crossing over into more celestial territory that finds itself throughout Goes West, Tyler’s dexterity in capturing emotion and conveying a story is rather significant under his instrumental hand – a gift that he’s always yielded, but likely now more than he ever has.
  2. Jan 28, 2019
    80
    These are 10 skillful and meditative instrumental acoustic guitar renderings that bear the weight of Americana--of contemporary America--lightly, but consciously.
  3. Jan 22, 2019
    80
    Tyler sounds like he's barely breaking a sweat. It's the sound of confidence in one's abilities as an artist, one who embraces their restlessness and creativity while sounding like he's barely breaking a sweat.
  4. Q Magazine
    Feb 4, 2019
    80
    It helps that the guitarist composes vocal-free songs that, on his fourth album, are reassuringly acoustic, a brew of melancholy and romance. [Mar 2019, p.120]
  5. Jan 30, 2019
    78
    Goes West feels less conceptually united than any of his work—more inspired by the contemplation of history than history itself--but this searching quality adds to its honest, meditative power. Many of the songs feel like visions left intentionally ambiguous, and the record is bound by a pensive, permeating calmness.
  6. Jan 22, 2019
    70
    These songs without words contain melodies that convey messages on emotive and spiritual levels. Tyler uses his fingers to express what he is thinking and feeling without the use of language. He largely succeeds at taking the listener as a co-captain with him on his voyage.
  7. Feb 12, 2019
    70
    Though evocative as they may be, those who are familiar with his discography can occasionally feel an unexplainable sense of deja vu.

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