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  • Summary: The seventh full-length release for Eric D. Johnson's indie folk-rock project was produced by Thom Monahan and is the first release on the Merge label.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
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  1. Jun 24, 2019
    88
    As good as the album sounds, though — and it sounds especially good on headphones. under the helm of producer Thom Monahan, who’s historically known how to put an atypical sonic spin on acoustic-leaners from Neko Case to Devendra Banhart — it’s as a lyricist where Johnson is really peaking here. There won’t be many albums in 2019 with as many quotable, cut-to-the-marrow lines as this one has.
  2. Uncut
    Jun 21, 2019
    80
    Mostly, though, youthful folk-rock tendencies are sacrificed for Wilco's mature Americana, as on "Only Dream Would Breathe," while additional late-Beatles flavours enhance "Barely Living Room," and "The Bottom Of It" adds hints of Jeff Lynne. [Jul 2019, p.27]
  3. Jun 21, 2019
    80
    Nostalgic throughout, yet often more affectionate than bittersweet, Gold Past Life represents another consistently strong set from Johnson, one with melodies and sentiments that linger.
  4. Jul 2, 2019
    80
    Gold Past Life operates almost on two levels for Fruit Bats, the sheer pleasure of making fun music that draws on the things we’ve treasured from ages past, while consciously rejecting the temptation to live forever in that space. The result is a record that is both easy to leap into, and rewarding to stay in.
  5. Jun 21, 2019
    70
    The contrast between style and intent has an amusing effect on the listening experience; Gold Past Life’s material spans years, but the record breezes by its 39-minute duration. Time flies when you’re mulling over your life choices.
  6. Jul 17, 2019
    70
    Johnson only reveals so much. Fruit Bats excel in that sort of space. Johnson sounds less becoming when he lets too much irony in.
  7. Q Magazine
    Jul 2, 2019
    60
    Not all of the dream-influenced Gold Past Life is sharp enough around the edges to propel Johnson away from cultdom, but the high-definition poignancy of Drawn Away and the title track's aggressive Bee Gees pastiche show him decisively pushing at the walls. [Aug 2019, p.111]

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  1. Jun 25, 2019
    9
    One of my favorites so far this year, a perfect album to kick off the summer if you're feeling a little rough around the edges.
  2. Jun 29, 2019
    9
    Incredible album! Just happy I came across this album. It’s been a pleasure digesting Eric D Johnson’s newest work of art! Big fan!
  3. Jul 9, 2019
    9
    Such an underrated band. Great album on nostalgia and how we as humans far too often filter out the bad parts of our past in our heads and seeSuch an underrated band. Great album on nostalgia and how we as humans far too often filter out the bad parts of our past in our heads and see them through rose colored glasses. Can't wait to see the new material live, never disappoints. Expand