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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for the alt-country band led by Jay Farrar was inspired by blues music.
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  • Record Label: Transmit Sound
  • Genre(s): Country, Alt-Country, Americana, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Blues-Rock, Alternative Country-Rock
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 23, 2017
    80
    Farrar, with his ever-changing band, has been doing this decades, but it seems like by looking back further, he’s found a way to energize himself going forward.
  2. 80
    Son Volt doesn’t try anything fancy on Notes In Blue, nor does it need to. It simply puts the spotlight on the frontman and lets him knock every one of these songs high into the stormy skies and right out of the park.
  3. Mojo
    Feb 21, 2017
    80
    Sometimes it's more about a blues feeling, encompassing high-lonesome, electric country-blues rock, two-chord garage rock and at its most beautiful on the opening track Promise The World. [Apr 2017, p.94]
  4. 70
    Sometimes the electricity is there, and when it is it connects deeply, but when it doesn't it's hard to see past the banality of its structure.
  5. 70
    There’s gold to be uncovered here.
  6. Mar 1, 2017
    70
    Anguish is only half the tone, and its match is found--there is snarl and there is bite in Notes of Blue.
  7. Feb 16, 2017
    60
    Committed fans and casual admirers will find Notes of Blue worth a listen, but ultimately this is the work of an artist who has done better with similar ingredients in the past.

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  1. Mar 6, 2017
    8
    This album is a welcome return to form even with the overt blues condescension. The first two songs are classic Son Volt and easily theThis album is a welcome return to form even with the overt blues condescension. The first two songs are classic Son Volt and easily the best. Jay Farrar can sing and play the blues though. Expand