Reason to Live Image
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  • Summary: The latest full-length solo release for indie artist who was a member of Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion, was recorded by Marc Seedorf.
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  1. Jun 18, 2021
    80
    Barlow imbues his life experiences—a touring musician, a father, an observer of global events—with a joyous sincerity that elevates the album from being more than another mere legacy act release.
  2. 80
    It all adds up to a highly pleasing change of direction.
  3. May 27, 2021
    80
    As ever, this latest window into his psyche prompts as many questions as it provides answers - despite offering his usual warmth and intimacy, he still deftly keeps the listener at bay by retaining a degree of mystery
  4. Jun 10, 2021
    80
    Though they are spare and though there are a lot of these songs (17), the album doesn’t sag. A restless energy courses through them. Spike-y, unsentimental observations keep them engaging.
  5. May 27, 2021
    70
    This music is less underplayed than a confident expression of mid-life experience.
  6. Jun 1, 2021
    70
    Barlow is still in touch with what was best about his old work while maturing in the ways that truly matter.
  7. Uncut
    May 28, 2021
    70
    It's a warm and slightly rickety set, with folk-ish elements and faint echoes of Sentridoh. [Jul 2021, p.23]

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