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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the MC Taylor indie folk project features contributions from Griffin and Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Josh Kaufman of Bonny Light Horseman, Buddy Miller, and Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 90
    In its own way, Quietly Blowing It is great just like how the first few Paul McCartney solo records are great, or Tom Petty’s Wildflowers and Bob Dylan’s New Morning are great, or even albums by contemporaries like Laura Marling and Waxahatchee are great – it’s just pure, no bullshit emotional sincerity made for folks who need to feel a little connection to the wider world, to a greater consciousness. Best enjoyed often and amongst friends.
  2. Mojo
    Jun 23, 2021
    80
    Taylor's balm-like burr delivers a blissful moment of healing. [Aug 2021, p.81]
  3. Jun 23, 2021
    80
    Seven albums in, Hiss Golden Messenger just keeps getting better with Taylor expressing personal thoughts that resonate with most of us.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jun 23, 2021
    80
    It's good to hear an artist who shuffles through the undergrowth. [Summer 2021, p.81]
  5. Jun 25, 2021
    80
    The title track finds him watching the news and sighing “things don’t look too good”. However, the tunes are stirring and uplifting and the overall spirit is optimistic.
  6. Jul 2, 2021
    80
    On Quietly Blowing It, M.C. Taylor reminds us he knows how we feel, and that he feels the same way; perhaps that helps only so much, but there's a lot to be said for a friendly voice during a hard time, and that's just what this album delivers.
  7. Jun 30, 2021
    55
    Taylor writes about big issues—income inequality, political corruption, a society fraying at its edges—but these complex matters are undermined by the rote uplift in his songs, an optimism assumed but never really earned.

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  1. Jul 16, 2021
    9
    Beautiful album, very underrated songwriter. Few artists have produced so many quality albums since 2010.