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  • Summary: The the sixth full-length solo release for the guitarist features some original songs and was mixed by Chuck Johnson.
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  1. Uncut
    Oct 11, 2019
    80
    Following on from a 2017 album of standards, this chiefly replaces covers with original compositions and adds a meaningful, Slint-like loitering on chord to his repertoire of shattered blues licks. [Nov 2019, p.30]
  2. The Wire
    Oct 23, 2019
    80
    This LP kicks off with a run of tunes that are wistful and simply beautiful. [Nov 2019, p.56]
  3. Oct 11, 2019
    80
    Whether he's putting his stamp on a standard or plowing through his own material, Bill Orcutt cuts an impressive, lyrical figure, and one that is hard to ignore.
  4. Oct 11, 2019
    80
    Odds Against Tomorrow simply sounds a lot like [the album] Bill Orcutt. The new album’s original tunes evoke the same sense of Americana wrung dry of phony sentiment as its predecessor’s covers. ... The stuttering is gone because Orcutt is ready to show us straight up what he thinks matters.
  5. Oct 11, 2019
    78
    On Odds Against Tomorrow he has found a way to settle down without settling into complacency. The album retains the core elements of his best work, and his restless, postmodern exploration of the American lexicon, while refining what makes those qualities potent. Refusing to repeat himself, he takes tradition as a living thing, blazing new trails to familiar vistas.
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