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  • Summary: The second full-length release for the Austin-based singer-songwriter features contributions from Aisha Burns, Thor Harris, and Dailey Toliver.
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Morning Rain
Wait till the sound of morning rain Wait till the sound to take away the pain Oh it's been coming down, for an hour or more Watching the days just... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Oct 7, 2016
    89
    Gifted a falsetto reminiscent of famed Kentucky balladeer John Jacob Niles (1892-1980), his voice soars along rural Americana and across desolate plains ("Where I'm Calling From"). Through the tense, starry twilight of "Outlands," tranquil, meandering rivers and sprawling juniper trees ("Juniper Arms") outline a rocky terrain wherein "Some Beast Will Find You by Name." To that topography, add Adam Torres.
  2. Oct 7, 2016
    85
    The instrumental work by the session musicians on Pearls To Swine may be rather remarkable, as is the production work by Erik Wofford, but at the end of the day, it’s Torres’ natural soundscapes and elaborate imagery that brilliantly twinkles throughout this piece of art.
  3. Oct 7, 2016
    80
    Torres apparently took five years out of recording between his debut and this album, and it feels like he’s matured, honed himself in that time, producing a most considered beauty.
  4. Mojo
    Oct 7, 2016
    80
    Some of the purest, restorative, most unburdened music imaginable. [Oct 2016, p.98]
  5. Oct 7, 2016
    75
    Torres has traded away some pieces of the humanity that colored his earlier work in favor of a conversation about something elemental that's still waiting to be discovered. That doesn’t make for an immediate record. It makes for one full of enigmas, of beautiful and undefinable things that promise further revelations to come.
  6. Oct 7, 2016
    70
    If the rest of the album is a hair more mystical in scope, his wide, introspective vistas are still quite compelling.